23 May 2007
NIGERIA : Amazons Recruit Foreign Pros
In a move aimed at competing well in the final leg of the 2007 Zenith Bank Premier League, one of the Elite Eight clubs has recruited two overseas-based Nigerian players.
Amazons of Lagos has confirmed that swingman MacTaben Amachree and Rasheedat Sadiq will line up for the outfit when the third and final leg of the Premier League tips off in Lagos on Sunday.
"The move is to ensure that we survive in the Premier League," Sam Ahmedu, the proprietor of the Amazons said in Asaba on Monday. "This will also bring fun to the League."
In a telephone interview from her base in the United States, Amachree, a Nigeria international, said she was moved to come and play in the League because of Ahmedu.
"He's like a father to me," Amachree said, "whenever he calls, I'll answer.
"My presence on the court will lift the Amazons and make them stay up in the top flight."
Amachree is scheduled to arrive on Friday, two days to the tip off the seven-day series holding in the indoor sports hall of the National Stadium.
However, some of the clubs in the top flight have told the Nigeria Basketball Federation to postpone the final leg of the League.
"There will be only a day of rest between Asaba (the Asaba leg ends on Thursday) and the Lagos phase, which is too strenuous," Wale Aboderin, the proprietor of Dolphins said in Asaba.
NBBF board member, Vivian Eze said the organisation was considering shifting the competition by a few days.
Many of the clubs claim the political situation in the country should be watched closely so that their wards will not be trapped in case of mayhem.
First Bank still leads the table after Monday's matches. The Elephant Girls were stretched by home team, Delta Force on Monday after power problems delayed the match for more than one hour. First Bank won 77-70.
This has made the organisers to move the first match of the day to 10am, instead of the usual 12pm tip off.