22 April 2006

NIGERIA: Warriors Battle Islanders as Vmobile League Resumes

The Vmobile Premier Basketball League which was put on break for the National Sports Festival will resume this afternoon with games across the Atlantic and Savannah Conferences. The League Director of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) Muktar Malone Khaleh confirm to THISDAY that the matches will hold as scheduled.
“The league will restart Friday (today) with matches as scheduled. The fixtures from the first day took care of the Census and Sports Festival period and that is the way it stands,” Khaleh said.
With that Dodan Warriors will play as hosts to former league champions Lagos Islanders today at the National Stadium in Lagos. The game will hold at the regular time of 4.00pm. For followers of the Vmobile League it is certain it is a high quality game. The game will clearly determine the leader of the Atlantic region for the current regular season as both teams are the only ones yet to drop a point. The Warriors remain on top of the table with positive goals aggregate. And for bookmakers it is a tough one to predict.
In the Savannah sector, the league returns from the Kano centre where AHIP will be at home against Yelwa Hawks. It will return to normal business as the Kano gym has hosted games every weekend since the league began. On paper Yelwa Hawks have better record but nobody can say now how far such record can help their cause today.
And still in the Savannah Conference for tomorrow and Sunday matches will hold in Jos and Minna. In Jos, it is a local derby tomorrow between Plateau Peaks and their former feeder team Tapgun Rockets. A win for the Rockets will be recorded as classical upset.
The game in Minna is significant for a particular reason. It will be the first game in Minna this season. The Federal Government owned facility was under extensive renovation courtesy of the league sponsors, Vmobile. The floor section could not be completed before the league went on break.
Back to the Atlantic Conference, the game tomorrow is a tough one between the Customs and the Union Bank Clubs. The Customs are yet to win a game. On Sunday Ebun Comets will be hosts to Delta Force of Asaba in the final game of this weekend.
Going by the fixtures, there will not be any break until the regular season runs through by June.

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