06 September 2012

Nigeria: Over 160 Kids for 13th Oyedeji Basket Ball Clinic

More than 160 boys and girls have so far registered for the ongoing 13th annual Olumide Oyedeji Basketball Clinic, which began on Sept. 3 at the National Stadium, Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), however, reports that the organizers only allowed children between the ages four to 18 to register for the clinic.
The proprietor of the clinic, Olumide Oyedeji, told NAN yesterday at the Clinic that registration was still ongoing but strictly for children between the stipulated ages.
According to Oyedeji, who is also the captain of Nigeria's male basketball team, D'Tigers, at the just-ended London 2012 Olympics, said that the clinic was keen about the age for registration.
"This is to ensure proper catching them young at the grassroots," he said.
The proprietor said he was confident that more children would still turn out for registration saying that over 200 children registered for the event last year.
Oyedeji said that the clinic has been a huge contribution to the development of basketball at the grassroots in the country, stressing that the clinic had produced over 50 talented players.
"Many of the talented players are now international players, many of them had featured for the national teams and many are also playing in various foreign clubs in the U.S and Europe.
"For instance, one of the discovered players, Charles Okwandu is now playing for the University of Connecticut in the U.S.
"So also is Rashidat Sadik, a forward national female player at the 2004 Sydney Olympics," he said.
The programme holding in the Sports Hall of the stadium would end Sept. 8. NAN

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