25 June 2008

NIGERIA : Ilorin Hosts Central Conference

by Ishola Bashir

The central onference of the on-going Nestle Milo Secondary Schools Basketball Championship will begin in Ilorin tomorrow Thursday, June 26 to end on Saturday, June 28.

Checks reveal that arrangements have been concluded for the successful hosting and organisation of the conference matches as all the teams billed for the championship started arriving yesterday Tuesday, June 24 for the battle. Meanwhile, Kaduna state female team, Queen Amina College, Kaduna, and their Kano state male counterparts, Army Day Secondary School, Bukavu, have clinched the top titles at the Savannah conference finals of the Nestle Milo Secondary Schools Basketball Championships recently concluded at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano. Both teams have now qualified to participate at the national finals.

The Queen Amina College girls from Kaduna, who were the Savannah conference defending champions, outclassed their opponents from Ahmadiyya College, Kano in all departments. They showed better dribbling skills and effectively utilized their heights to make more baskets to win by 38-30 points.
However, the boys' final between Army Day Secondary School, Kano and Al Huda-Huda College, Zaria, was keenly contested. The Kano boys, backed by their teeming home supporters managed a close win of 43-40 points to bring the match to a befitting end.
National coordinator of the Championships, Col. Sam Ahmedu (Rtd) praised the high standard of play exhibited by the players. He said the national finals slated for Lagos later in the year promises to be electrifying.
After the Savannah conference final, the train moved from Kano to Bauchi where the Sahara conference was held. And after the central conference in Ilorin, Enugu will host the Equatorial conference from June 29 to July 4 while Asaba will play host to the Atlantic conference from July 5 to 9 and Ibadan will host the last wetern conference from July 10 to 13.

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