Ayo Bakare resigned after four months as the Head Coach of the D’Tigers.
At a media parley in Lagos on Wednesday , former head coach of the Nigerian national team and technical director the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Ayodele Bakare, announced his resignation from his position as technical director of the federation.
In his statement to the press, Mr. Bakare said “After due consideration of my personal commitments at this time I have decided to withdraw from my role as the technical director of the federation .This is not a sudden decision but is made after a lot of consideration, discussion and consultation between the federation and I.”
He allayed fears of dissatisfaction or disagreement with the federation, saying “I remain irrevocably committed to the progress and success of this current NBBF administration and will continue to support and serve Nigerian basketball as sincerely as I have in the past 25 years or more years. Regardless of whether I am in an active or reduced role I pledge my support for the federation and urge you (the Press) to continue to support NBBF for the uplifting of Nigerian Basketball.”
Mr. Bakare stepped down after just 4 months in the office as the head of the technical committee of the basketball federation. Regarded as Nigeria’s best basketball coach, Bakare has been instrumental in Nigeria’s rise as a basketball nation, leading the men’s national team to their first ever qualification for the Olympics two years ago in London, and appearances in the FIBA World Championship (1998) and the 2008 Olympics.
He also led D’Tigers to several FIBA-Africa men’s tournaments, and finished in second place on three occasions (1997, 1999 and 2003).