Toronto Raptors President Storms ABU, Promises To Improve Basketball Facilities

President of Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri (right) at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria on Thursday August 8, 2019. On the left is Coach Oliver B. Johnson Photo: BASHIR BELLO DOLLARS

By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

The National Basketball Association (NBA’s) Toronto Raptors Executive President, Masai Ujiri has vowed to improve basketball facilities at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.

He made the pledge when he visited, after over 20 years in the United States of America, where he rose to the enviable position at NBA’s top team, Toronto Raptors.

Speaking exclusively to our correspondent, Ujiri said that it feels good to be back home.

“I came back home to see home, this is where I grew up and where I love the most with my coach, everything we do in the US comes back here,” he said.

Speaking further, he said that though a lot has changed since he left, more needs to be done to improve the standard of the game of basketball in the country.

He said focus is the key to achieving success, advising younger ones to remain focused to be successful.

“It is good to see progress here, we have talked to coach OBJ to see what we can do.

” For the young ones, dream big, like I dreamt, like Coach OBJ, like Dennis, you can achieve. So keep dreaming,” he said.

Also speaking, Dennis Ogbe, a US paralympian said that he accompanied Ujiri to pay homage to where they grew up.

In his remarks, Coach Oliver B. Johnson popularly known as Coach OBJ said that Masai Ujiri has contributed a lot the development of the game of basketball not only in Nigeria, but the world over.

He called on others to emulate him and give back to the society that impacted on them and contributed to their success.


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