The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, has fired Head Coach of the Senior Women’s Basketball team, Sam Vincent due to lack of commitment to the team.
The American’s appointment was terminated on Friday following extensive consultations and assessment of the team’s progress in camp ahead of the 2018 FIBA Women World Cup in Tenerife, Spain.
NBBF President, Engineer Musa Kida, disclosed in a letter that “the decision was taken in the best interest of all parties involved and the long term interest of the D’Tigress.” As they prepare for the FIBA World Cup in Spain.
Vincent, 55, was fired due to his “numerous conflicting commitments” which affected his duties as the coach of the team.
The letter stated in part that, “The NBBF has been monitoring the situation in Atlanta closely and we are not satisfied with a lot of things. You left the National Women’s Team Camp in Atlanta since Friday 27th July, 2018, without permission from anybody and you have continuously remained absent.”
The 2017 Afrobasket winner was found guilty of abandoning the team due to other conflicting professional engagements within the United States of America where the team is currently camped.
“Be informed that you are hereby relieved of your appointment as our National Women’s Coach, to allow you concentrate better on your other activities,” the letter stated.
NBBF however thanked Sam Vincent for qualifying the team for the World Cup by winning the 2017 Afrobasket Championship in Atlanta and wished him all the best in his future endeavors.
Vincent will be compensated for his services while at the helms, the letter also clarified.
D’Tigress assistant coach, Peter Ahmedu has been placed in charge pending the appointment of a new coach on or before the World Cup.