30 April 2008

NIGERIA : Nigeria Basketball Stakeholders Troop to Jos

The entire Nigeria Basketball family practically moved to the city of Jos - a city north east of Abuja, when members of the Federation, coaches and former players joined the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) Elder Jacob Gyang Buba when he buried his late mother, Mrs Kaneng Buba on Monday. The mother of the Nigeria Customs CG died last week in Plateau State, aged 85years.

All through the weekend, the number one member of the Federation received sympathizers from far and near, including members of the Federation and club owners. And just as the sympathisers trooped to Jos, the league games continued across the Atlantic and Savannah Conferences. In Minna, the much advertised star match of the weekend ended 66-51 for Niger Potters over Plateau Peaks of Jos. Both teams entered the game with one hundred percent record.
"It all went well. We worked hard, played well and won the game," the Potters coach, Adamu told FIBA Africa, just after the game was played Saturday night.

Despite the 14 point difference, the game lived up to its billing, as Peaks proved they were real title contenders. Both teams have won the Nigerian league title in the past.
But as the game in the Savannah was a first class treat, those at the National Stadium, Lagos were treated to a game, difficult to define its class as Union Bank drilled Delta Force 83-33. That type of 50 points blow out was last seen in the Nigerian Premier League nearly seven years ago, when there were 16 teams campaigning in the system.

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