14 January 2008

NIGERIA : CNBL league resume after break

The second phase of the Champions Nest National Basketball League will resume this weekend across the Lagos metropolis.

The league which is targeted at players who are twenty years and below went on break last December so as to allow the players celebrate the yuletide season with their lover ones will be rounded off in April www.fiba-africa.org was reliably informed.

'The league which started last year October is to run for 6 months ending in April. The Vision of the league is to positively influence the lives of the teeming youths and to empower them to become better person, informed the league Coordinator, Godwin Unegbe.

The former Nigeria International forward stated that the mission behind the league is to raise world class athletes, which are hinged on three core objectives that will help the organizers achieve its goal.

The one-time Lagos Islanders and Ebun Comets basketball clubs power-forward says the aim and objective of the league includes, creating a platform for reaching out to the youths and creating opportunities for them to make use of their talents. These opportunities can be scholarships, professional sports, etc.

Secondly, to promote the importance of education through basketball and emphasize important topics such as career development and counseling, leadership training, etc.

And lastly, is to encourage grassroots basketball development, youth empowerment and development and the ability to create employment for referees and coaches and all those who are associated with basketball in the country at large and Lagos State in particular.

Currently, six venues are being used for the league they include Police College, Ikeja, National Stadium, Surulere, Navy Barracks, Ajegunle, United Christian Secondary School, Apapa, Warriors Academy Ground, Ilupeju and the University of Lagos Basketball Court, Akoka.

Female teams taking part in the league are; Baby Seals, Unilag, Rookies, Raptors Angel, Blazing Queens, CBC Jewels and United Christian, while the male teams includes; Police Rookies, Unilag, Police Bombers, CBC, Dodan Warriors, Golden State, Nigerian Navy, Flames, Rockets and Raptors.

Alongside the league, a seminar is expected to take place. Topics of the seminar would include; The Importance of Education and the Female Athlete.

from africabasket.com

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