Players and coaches at
the ongoing 10th Zenith Bank National Female Basketball League in Ilorin have praised the organisation of the competition.
The players and coaches told newsmen in Ilorin that the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) had further enlivened the sport with the competition.
The Captain of the Nigeria Customs team, Theresa Samuel, said the competition so far was a success, noting that the NBBF had put its expertise in place for a well-organised competition.
Samuel, who also described the organiation as brilliant, however, urged the NBBF to fulfill its promise of insuring the players in case of serious injury.
Abimbola Olumodeji, the Assistant Captain of the Nigeria Customs, said the competition was improving year by year and urged the federation to sustain the tempo.
She also urged the federation to improve on the financial benefits of the players to motivate them.
For Jennifer Johnwestley, a player with Taraba Hurricanes, the female competition has lived up to female players’ hope, especially the upcoming ones.
Johnwestley added that the success of the competition would not only brighten most of the spectators’ desire to take to basketball.
The player, however, urged the NBBF to further improve the sport in the country by organising similar competitions for secondary schools in the country.
A player, Abosede Amao of Oluyole Babes, said that they were enjoying the competition and thanked the NBBF for putting the programme together.
Amao also commended the sponsors for the development of female basketball in the country.
Blessing Alozie, who plays for Ahip Queens, urged the NBBF to improve on accommodation and pay the teams their dues on time to enable them to start preparations on time.
The Team Manager of First Deep Water, Abayomi Adeoyo, said the competition had come to stay because it kept improving yearly and urged the NBBF to maintain the standard.
Adeoye called on corporate bodies to support government’s effort to further develop the sport by sponsoring the competition.
Coach Dauda Uduoje of Taraba Hurricanes, said his team was new and that the management was trying to bring the player up.
Uduoje added that the competition had, however, assisted the club to achieve its dreams.
CAF CL: Why Akwa United Struggled Against CR Belouizdad
Coach Kennedy Boboye admitted that Akwa United failed in their bid to replace the players that left the club.
Boboye revealed this in his post match confe-rence after Akwa United kick-started their 2021-2022 CAF Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over CR Belouizdad of Algeria on Sunday.
The Promise Keepers lost influential stars like Charles Atshimene and Olisa Ndah to CD Feirense of Portugal and Orlando Pirates of South Africa respectively earlier this month.
Recall that Ndah and Atshimene played key role in Akwa United’s NPFL title victory and Boboye admitted that the club was unable to bring in replacement.
He said: “This is what we have gotten. Most of the players we tried to get did not come.”
“We can’t stop players from travelling. It is unfortunate that we started the tournament very early.”
“We have not been able to play together for a long time. By the time we surpass this stage, we would be better than before,” he said.
Remo Stars To Appoint Ogunbote Head Coach
Nigeria Professional Football League New Boys, Remo Stars are on the verge of appointing Gbenga Ogunbote as their new coach.
Reports revealed that Remo Stars manage-ment will appoint the former Enyimba and Sunshine Stars boss to take over the reign from Daniel Ogunbodede who tutored the team last season.
Ogunbote was spot-ted with the Ikenne-based club during the just concluded NNL Super 8 in Enugu.
The club is set to announce the mana-gerial change in the coming days, but nothing has been heard, concerning the future of Daniel Ogunbodede.
Ogunbodede helped Remo Stars seal their return to the elite division after finishing second in NNL playoff in Group A.
CAFCL: Eguma Warns Players Against Complacency
Rivers United Coach, Stanley Eguma, has warned his players against comp-lacency ahead of their CAF Champions Lea-gue second leg prelimi-nary game against Young Africans.
The Pride of Rivers defeated the Tanzanian side 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa Nat-ional Stadium on Sunday.
Samuel Omodumuke scored the winning goal for the visitors in the 52nd minute to give the Eguma’s side advant-age of going to the next game.
The return leg will take place next week Sunday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Speaking ahead of the second meeting, Eguma hinted that his players need to forget about the first leg result and approach the second leg with all seriousness.
“They are a good side and have mobile players.
“We need to have the right mentality when we play them at home, we must not relent and fight as if we have not played the first leg.
“We must put in everything in the second leg, that is going to be our approach.”
“The players need to rise to the occasion to ensure that we seal the qualification,” he said.
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