22 October 2009

NIGERIA : Women’s Premier League: First Bank Unstoppable!

First Bank Basketball Club of Lagos continued its domination of basketball in Nigeria by retaining the trophy which they have won since the past five years.

The coach Aderemi ‘Owolo’ Adewunmi tutored side have won all their matches so far making it impossible for their closest rival, First Deepwater Basketball Club of Lagos or any team in the league to overturn them even with the ongoing third phase yet to be concluded.

The Elephant Girls, as they are known, won the first two phases in Kaduna and Asaba respectively without dropping a point or losing a match thus confirming their superiority on the local scene.

Adewunmi, told Basketball Timeout at the beginning of the season that it was the Continent that they were preparing for and not the league, adding that he is sure of retaining their crown.

Adewunmi, who is also the head coach of the National Under-16 said their next target is to first pick one of the tickets for the FIBA-Africa Club Championship for Women when the FIBA-Africa Zone III qualifiers dunks-off at the end of the month in Abidjan, Cote d’ Ivoire and then go on to fight for the championship they once won .

However, debutant, First Deepwater Basketball Club of Lagos have secured the second ticket available for the Continental slot by coming second behind First Bank, the only clubside that they have lost to since joining the elite league.

First Deepwater, coached by former international, Lateef Erinfolami, also made good their promise of picking one of the slots for the continental ticket, pushing regular second place finishers, Dolphins Basketball Club down the ladder.

Erinfolami told Basketball Timeout that he was satisfied with his team’s outing in their first season together as a team, stating that they will work harder next season to upstage the champions, First Bank but revealed that they are worthy champions.

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