- 2016 Final Eight set to dunk off in Lagos
Ten players from the Zenith Bank sponsored National Women Basketball championship have made the list of the 25 players called to camp ahead of preparations for the Olympics qualifiers coming up in Nante, France, between June 13 and 19, 2016.
Among those that made the list, five are drawn from First Bank’s Elephant Girls, and one each from; Benue Queens, Customs, IGP Queens, Plateau Rocks and also from the current champions, Dolphins of Lagos.
Nigeria qualified for the play-off in France after placing third at the continental AfroBasketball championship for Women in Cameroun late last year.
Meanwhile, teams have arrived Lagos for the Final Eight of the league’s 12th edition, which begins this morning at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
Defending Champions, Dolphins Basketball Club of Lagos and eight-time league champions, Elephant Girls owned by First Bank Plc, will join six other teams namely; Customs, Delta Force, AHIP Queens of Kano, IGP Queens, Benue Princess and Plateau Rocks to complete for the grand prize.
According to a statement by the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), today and tomorrow have been set aside for arrivals of the teams and the meeting of the League’s Technical Committee. Actual competition is expected to start on Saturday, May 7.
As part of the high points for this year’s competition, the ‘All Stars Match’ with players drawn from across 13 teams, is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11; while the grand finale to decide who emerges the 2016 champions is scheduled for Thursday, May 12.
Sources from the sponsors revealed yesterday that “the bank is prepared to give the players good fun throughout the duration of the championship, to climax with an ‘after competition party’ scheduled on the day of the finals to treat the winners and remaining teams to a grand cocktail to round off this edition.