Former NBA Star Urges Coaches to Develop Liberian Basketball


Monrovia – A former National Basketball Association (NBA) star, Olumedi Oyedeji, has called on coaches and referees of basketball in Liberia, to help develop the game.

Report by Macaulay Sombai [email protected] 00231777217428

Oyedeji made the call when he served as special guest during a one-day training workshop organized by the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA).

The veteran NBA star, who is in the country on  a five-day visit, said his aim is to help develop and promote basketball among the younger generation in Liberia and to also help educate basketball coaches and referees about the rules of the game.      

“I am here today to help develop the minds of basketball coaches and referees so that they too can help their association to develop the minds of the youth who have passion for the game. It will help the youth to better perform to expectation in and out of Liberia” Oyedeji told FrontPageAfrica in an exclusive interview 

He termed basketball development, players management, discipline and dedication as some of the important parts in the preparation of the game and described the responses of coaches and referees that participated in the one-day training as positive.

“Those four aspects I named are some of the key fundamental principles of basketball and I will like for them to put into use what they have acquired in this workshop so that they can inspire other young coaches and players that have passion for the game.”  The LBA president, Rufus Anderson, appreciated the NBA former star for sharing his knowledge of basketball with the Liberian coaches, referees, players and administrators. Anderson called on the participants to put in to practice the knowledge they acquired from the workshop.