Female Nigerian soldier who's also a basketball referee hopes for international recognition

Female Nigerian soldier who's also a basketball referee hopes for international recognition

- A young Nigerian mother, Abdulsalam Abiola Nimat, who is also a soldier has shown that one can excel in two professions simultaneously

- Nimat is a referee whose love for basketball always saw her seeking time to officiate matches

- The lady's dream is to one day become a recognised FIBA officer who would be qualified enough to handle international matches

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A Nigerian soldier, Abdulsalam Abiola Nimat, has shared her story in a magazine called Logbook about how she combines her military work with being a basketball referee.

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According to a quote credited to her, Nimat sometimes lied so as to have time to officiate matches.

The soldier said that though she knows what she was doing was risky, her passion for basketball is very strong.

The young lady has been officiating both men and women leagues since 2015 according to Latiat Adebayo.

Female Nigerian soldier who's also a basketball referee hopes for international recognition
The young lady said that her dream is to go international as a referee. Photo source: @Phatill
Source: Twitter

Apart from being in active military service, the lady is also a mother of one and an entrepreneur. It should be noted that the soldier was a former player who had to stop because of an injury.

Her dream is to one day become a licensed International Basketball Federation (FIBA) referee who will officiate international matches.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a young Nigerian man, Stephen Kase, on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, went on Twitter to ask for assistance towards playing basketball for an American school.

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Stephen made a short video showing his dribbling skill as he bounced the ball under his spread-out legs in the manner a professional basketballer would when trying to feint his opponent.

After dribbling for a while, the young man aimed for the hop and shot a straight basket after lifting himself a bit up from the floor.

His video has been watched five million times as at the time of writing this report. In his tweet, he asked people to help retweet massively so that an American high school coach can see it.

Days after posting his video, a US college basketball player, Shareef O'Neal quoted him and said:

"Imma do what I can to help bro!"


Joseph Omotayo writes for the human interest desk at Legit.ng. He graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University with a degree in Literature in English. He loves basketball and books. He tweets @omotayome.

Source: Legit.ng

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