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42 Schools To Rumbles In NBA Power Forward Basketball Clinic In Abuja



Not fewer than 42 Abuja based Secondary schools on Wednesday participated in the nineth edition of NBA Power Forward Basketball Clinic held at the Package B of Moshood Abiola Stadium.

Gbemisola Abudu, Vice President and Country head of NBA in Nigeria who spoke with BSN Sports said the objective of the program is to spread the game of basketball among Nigeria youth across the country.

“The objective is to expand basketball to other part of the country but in addition to that, part of our youth development strategy in Nigeria is to make sure that we have different programs available for young children from the age of elementary primary school all through to elite development stage.” Gbemisola told journalists.

“For us, we know that not everyone will become a basketball player but the life skills that the game instill in them, like communication skill, team coordination skill are useful in the world economic future. These are skills they need to become successful.

“We are looking forward to collaborating with the NBBF to create a national basketball league where young boys and girls can participate. The program in its nineth year and has touched over two hundred thousand students in Abuja.

“For this finals going on now, we have 42 schools participating in the program. The program is to identify young kid who has the talents to succeed as basketball player. ” She concluded.

From BSN

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The City of Kaduna was agog on Friday with the very best of Grassroot Basketball in the Presidential Basketball Fiesta tagged the President Cup for Under 19 Basketball Players.

The Event which was powered by the Daniel Amokachi Foundation was fully supported by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the Office of the President of Nigeria.

Ten basketball teams scattered across the state participated in the event with five male teams ; Aspire , Kada kings, Zinix ,City elites and Mando Achievers while the female teams include F.G.E.I, Realones, T.v Regents ,Great minds and Lord knows.

Organiser of the Event Daniel Amokachi who is the Special Assistant to Nigeria President on Sports said the event is mainly to enhance the Country’s Grassroot drive.

He maintained that the event is not just a one off but plans are in place to spread it to other States beyond Kaduna.

He added that it was deliberate to start with Basketball and Football but it will be expanded to other Sports like Athletics , Boxing ,Weightlifting and Wrestling in subsequent editions.

Meanwhile Realones Basketball Academy emerged winners of the Female tournament beating Great Minds 7-3 points in the 3 x 3 event while in the Boys final Kada Kings defeated Zinix Academy in an enthralling final .

All participating Academies got Hundred Thousand Naira with two Basketball each.

Winners of the tournament went up with Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira while the Runners up teams got Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira each.

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