17 July 2012

NIGERIA : Ogunade Promises Fans Exciting Basketball Final Eight Competition

Babs Ogunade, the Chairman, Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 2011/2012 Basketball Final Eight, says plans had been concluded to make the competition a huge success.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the competition has been scheduled to hold from July 21 to July 28 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Lagos.
Ogunade told NAN on Sunday in Lagos that the competition would be holding as scheduled with lots of side attractions to make it a success.
"There are speculations that because of preparations for the Olympic Games, the league finals could be postponed.
"But I want to categorically say that there is nothing like that. It is going to hold as scheduled," he said.
Ogunade said the organisers already had assurances from the title sponsors, Multichoice Nigeria, that they are ready.
"Apart from this, Power Horse who are also adding to the event's sponsorship will be giving out free drinks to spectators at the venue of the event.
"Then, we are still hopeful for more sponsorship, as other sponsors are still welcome," he said.
The LOC Chairman said security personnel had also been contacted to maintain peace and orderliness at the event's venue. "In addition to this, dancers, cultural groups and popular artists will be entertaining fans at the venue.
"Fans across Lagos should come out en mass to watch the best of basketball this year as the LOC is making sure turnout at this year's event is the best so far," he said.
Ogunade said participating teams are expected to arrive for the competition on July 21.
NAN reports that the teams taking part in the competition include Dodan Warriors of Lagos and defending champions Royal Hoopers of Port-Harcourt.
Joining them from the Atlantic Conference are Lagos Islanders and Police Baton of Lagos.
Teams from the Savannah Conference are three-times winners of the league, Kano Pillars, Yelwa Hawks of Bauchi, Niger Potters of Minna and Kada Stars of Kaduna

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