*qualification excites Kaduna team
After seven days of exciting basketball action at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Indoor Sports Complex in Kaduna, 12 teams have earned qualification for the Zenith Bank Female Basketball Premier League.
This was disclosed to newsmen at the end of the Phase Two of the Zenith Bank Female Play-offs, which attracted 18 teams, by the Head Technical Committee, Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Mr. Ajibarede Bello.
According to him, six teams would remain in the lower division, though he failed to disclose which teams gained promotion, stressing that it would take some days for his committee to compile an accurate table.
Speaking further, Mr. Bello said that haven completed the second phase successfully, they were looking forward to the third phase billed for Asaba in June.
“We are happy that the competition was very successful. The standard of play was high, officiating was very good and the spectators were well behaved. The venue was also great,” he expressed.
When asked to comment on the sponsorship of the competition, he described it as an improvement from the past.
“This time around, the sponsorship has improved because they are giving prizes to the best player of every match. The physical presence of the sponsors at the venue was also very encouraging,” he added.
He further explained that after the third phase in Asaba, Phase 4 would be held in Ibadan, from where the top 8 will head to Lagos for the final.
When fielding questions from newsmen, coach of Kaduna’s GT 2000 Female Basketball Team, Simson Morrison expressed delight that his team qualified for the Zenith Bank Female Basketball Premier League.
“It was fair for us this time, we played five games and won three. We are really stepping up. I am impressed with the outcome because we were among the 12 teams that qualified,” he said.
Speaking further, he commended the Kaduna State Government for sponsoring the team, but appealed for more funds to enable the team go into camping ahead of phase 3.
Morrison said that they would be going into phase three better equipped with the lessons they have gathered from the outing in Kaduna.
“We have used the second phase to understand some lapses. We have learnt a lot and I believe we would be better,” he said.