20 January 2008

NIGERIA : D.D Magic stage comeback with Ilupeju Classics

Former premier league outfit D. D. Magic basketball club of Jos is staging a come back into the game with the 6th Ilupeju Classics billed for the Ilupeju leisure and sports centre from January 29 through February 2 this year.

Magic owned by Ibrahim Dallas an Officer of the Nigerian Air Force who is currently on foreign diplomatic mission to the People Republic of China told www.fiba-afrique.org on telephone that his desire to have the team takes part in the Ilupeju Classics was a way to re-launch the once vibrant team.

Magic who was relegated to the less fancied national division-one some years back has been in the doldrums due to the inability of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF to organized the division-one championship for close to five years running.

The Jos-based side whose owner is planning to relocate it to his home state, Nasarawa will compete against host Warriors Academy, Raptors, Sea Rovers, Whales, UNILAG all of Lagos; Royal Hoopers and Free Net from Port Harcourt and Bayelsa Waves of Yenogoa in the five-day Ilupeju Classics.

Dallas who once serves as head coach of defunct Armed Forces Dragons basketball club says he is optimistic that the team would bounce back strongly and contend for honours in the Nigeria flagship competition – Premier League in no distance future.

“D.D Magic will be back to take it rightful place in the comity of basketball clubs to reckon with in Nigeria and I want to assure the club teeming supporters that plans are underway to inject live back into the once robust but modest club-side, Dallas concluded.

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