Olawale Ajimotokanin Abuja
The Senator representing the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Philips Tanimu Aduda has applauded the initiator of Mark D’Ball Basketball Championship, Igoche Mark for organising the event.
Aduda was one of the dignitaries at the final of this year’s Mark D’ Ball Women Basketball Championship held at the Indoor Sports Hall of Moshood Abiola Stadium Abuja at the weekend.
He described Mark D’Ball initiative as a positive development that will better the lot of the players in the country.
The senator promised to partner Mark D’Ball Basketball Championship organisers to improve the fortunes of players in the FCT and Nigeria in general.
Aduda said the collaboration with the Mark D’Ball championship will sustain the competition and improve the lot of the players in the country.
“There is the need to sustain this Mark D’Ball Basketball Championship and develop the game in the FCT. Sustainability is key in the development of the game.
“Basketball is a game that I am in love with because I grew up playing it when l was in Zaria alongside Skambo Morrison. So, I commend the organiser of Mark D’Ball and I will partner him to grow the game in FCT and Nigeria in general,”Aduda said.
Nigeria Customs Ladies defeated First Bank of Lagos 54-49 to win the cup and pocket a N1 million cash prize while the runners-up, First Bank, were rewarded N750,000.
Kada Angels of Kaduna on Friday eveningedged Sunshine Angels of Akure 68-66 to win the losers final, and prize money of half a million Naira.
Multiple musical award winner, 2Baba; Joel, Goya Menor, Daddy Showkey, MC Smart, Pastor Nicodemus, Chucks D’General all performed live at the final ceremony which also served as the opening ceremony of the men’s championship which will run for 12 weeks and feature 24 teams.