By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Coordinator of the One Win Basketball Camp, Coach James Fungen has expressed confidence that there are a lot of prospects from the camp.
He expressed this while fielding questions from newsmen on the sidelines of the camp on Saturday at the Federal Cooperative College, Kaduna.
“There us a lot of prospect from this camp, they keep up springing surprises, coming up with more determination. As I am speaking with you, the state government is thinking of coming to pick some of our girls for the National Sports Festival (NSF), he said.
Speaking further, he expressed delight that new girls keep signing up to join the camp.
“We really got some new hands too this year, because awareness is going further. Messages getting to more, we are getting new participants from other schools, we are seeing many new faces.
“We got many new girls in cadet level, mini level. There is a lot of improvement.
“Talent wise I believe by mid next year, we should be able to say we have gotten players that can represent anywhere. We are reaching advanced level. By 2020 a lot of them will be in good places,” he assured.
Coach Fungen said that from the interest indicated by the government in some of their girls, they would however, not be in a hurry to hand over the girls.
“We will hear the terms from the government what they need the kids for and we will make sure the kids don’t regret going there,” he added.
He thanked parents for keeping faith with the organisers and releasing their daughters to participate in the camp.
“We want to say a big thank you to all the parents who believed p in what we are doing and allowing their girls participate some day some of this kids will use it to feed their kids,” he said.
Also speaking, Coach Umar Faruk Adamu said that the camp is a welcome development and an empowerment for the girl-child.
“If they are committed and become successful, they would be able to cater for families in future.
“It is like education, whomever you out in school, you guide. The girls are also guided besides sports but they are taught other things that will help them to be self sufficient in life,” he said.
Coach Adamu however, advised the girls to be humble and learn, for them to be able to excel.
A participant, Margret Adams, 12 years old, in Mini Category, thanked the organisers for all she has learnt.
“I am here to learn about basketball. I want to say thank you for the support to the organizers.
“I have learnt a lot both academic i do better now and in basketball I am also doing great,” she said.
Also speaking, Sonia Anayo 14 years old student of Brain Trust International School, Gonin Gora, who is in the Cadet Category said that she would want to be the best, so she can get scholarship to school and play basketball at tertiary level.
“Coming to the camp has improved my academics, vocabulary and I have also learnt how to make soap and cream and sew.
“I would love to pursue a career in basketball, after WAEC I hope to gain scholarship to play basketball and school abroad,” she said.
For Stella Meuche who is 17 years old and in the Junior Category said she has completed secondary school, but has learnt a lot of life skills from the One Win Camp
“It has improved me in my moral values, I have learnt bead making, baking and I earn money from it.
“I hope to continue playing basketball in tertiary institution. I thank the organisers for their efforts and time and pray for God to reward them abundantly,” she said.
For a potential world beater owing to her height of 6 feet one inches, Bukoka Victor, the foundation has increased her skills.
“I plan on taking basketball professionally to get scholarship. Others that are not here are missing a lot.
“The foundation has helped a lot in terms of moral, discipline, punctuality and good character.
“I thank my parents for giving me their huge support in encouraging me,” she concluded.
Over 230 girls are participants in the camp which ends on December 28.