By Femi Atolagbe
The acting General Manager of Ondo State Sports Council , Mr Wande Fabuluje has expressed his joy and satisfaction over the successful hosting of this year’s Nigeria Basketball Association nbbf/total division ll atlantic conference finals in the state.
“We are happy they brought the tournament to our state, all the participants are happy to come to Ondo state being peaceful and accommodating state, through out the three days competition there was no record of injury, everything was in order,” he explained.
He said the council is preparing ahead of the National sports festival coming up between December 6th and 16th, in Abuja.
The acting GM, said all the athletes are preparing for it, saying he has been moving round to see that they are well prepared for the game, we have presented our budget to the Governor and being a sports lover governor we are optimistic that he will approve our budget.
Reacting to the overall performance of the team’s coordinator of the championship and a one time National handler, Coach Andrew Isokpei commended the doggedness and passion shown by all participating teams, stressing that the tournament will produce players for the national teams.
On his part,Ondo state Basketball Coach, Sola Aluko advocated for regular competitions and scholarships for deserving players to boost their interest in the game.
Also Young Royals Basketball of Ogun State Head Coach, Babatunde Adelanwa wants the NBBF to organise training for officials and exposure to keep them in line with the latest techniques in basketball.
One of the Ondo Kings player , Segun Ogunnaike , said he was happy to play in the competition , saying this is his first time of participating in this type of national competition.
Six Teams from Ondo, Enugu, Cross rivers,Abia and Ogun States respectively took part in the Three -day event.