Serbia-based Nigerian basketballer slumps, dies after training

first_imgRelatedPosts NBBF celebrates Nigerian Arizona Women Basketball player of the Decade Pray for Nigeria during Ramadan — NBBF NBBF postpone FIBA technical training indefinitely Tributes have been flowing in from members of the Nigeria Basketball Federation after receiving the sad news of the sudden demise of Michael Olalekan Ojo.According to an official release by his club, Crvena Zvezda of Serbia, the D’Tiger invitee slumped after training and died shortly afterward. Leading the tribute was NBBF President, Engr. Musa Kida, who bemoaned the sudden demise of the 27-year-old.Kida said: “This is another flower that unexpectedly withered at such a time it was expected to start blossoming.“After a sterling College career in the United States of America and after securing a professional deal in Belgrade, it is so sad that the basketball world has been robbed of this emerging talent who has been described as one of the tallest to play basketball in Serbia.”In his own reaction, the Federation’s Vice President, Babs Ogunade, said: “I met with him in February at the FIBA Women’ Olympic qualifying tournament in Serbia.“I watched his match against Partizan Basketball. “He was such a calm and unassuming personality.”The North Central Representative on the board, Isah Umah, described the late centre, who won the 2019 Serbian Professional League with Crvena, as humble and hard working.Umar, who was D’Tigers Team Manager when the team was preparing for the 2011 FIBA Afrobasket during which Ojo was invited to the National Team, revealed that he was a true Nigerian who bled green and white.He said: “He was excited to be part of team Nigeria and gave his best at such a young age.“He did not make the final cut, but he was excited to have a chance to play for his fatherland.” During the 2019-20 season, Ojo appeared in 22 EuroLeague games with Crvena zvezda, averaging 4.1 points and 3 rebounds per game, while appearing in about 108 games for his club before his untimely demise as teams were preparing for life after the COVID-19 global lockdown.The Federation prayed to God to comfort his family, friends, close associates and the entire basketball family as they come to terms with this heart-breaking news.—Tags: Michael Olalekan OjoNBBFlast_img

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