29 April 2008

NIGERIA : Customs lose first game on the road

Customs team lost their first game on the road when they fell 64-61 to Niger Potters Monday night in Minna. The Customs captain and an off guard with the national team Abdulrahman Mohammed attributed the loss to poor officiating.

"We lost to poor officiating and not to Potters. If we played on equal terms we would have won the game in Minna. I don't know the rules I applied over there; they are certainly not FIBA rules. There was so much bias on the court and on the table. It is very shameful and can't help develop this game. We were simply robbed," Abdulrahman said.

It was the first Road Trip game for the Customs and their fourth match for the regular season. With the Monday result, it means they have won just a game this season as the challenge for play off spots get firmer. Their record so far leaves them at the fifth spot on the Atlantic Conference table. Customs are the first on the road from the Atlantic region.

The Customs will continue their trip through the Savannah Conference in Jos with two matches on Tuesday and Wednesday. The players arrived in Jos city Monday night.

Pius Ayinor

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