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Mark D Ball: Teams Storm Abuja for Elite 8 Final

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The eight teams that progressed from Round of 16 phase of the 2022 Mark D Ball Men’s Basketball Championships have all arrived in Abuja, ahead of the eagerly anticipated round, chistened Elite Eight, which starts on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.


The eight teams arrived side by side technical officials that have been mobilized to ensure the smooth and hitch free tournament, now in its buisness end.


The eight elite teams will from Wednesday’s Jump Balls at the Indoor Sports Hall, located in Package B of the MKO Abiola National Stadium Abuja, showcase intense rivalry, and the best of elite domestic basketball, as never seen in Nigeria, since 2017.


All eyes will be on  Nigeria Customs, who are on paper the favourites to overcome Delta Force of Asaba, in Game 1 of Matchday 1.


Victory for the Customs men team, will surely put them on course to emulate their ladies who won the women’s edition.
In other Day-1 games, Gombe Bulls will sweat it out with Kwara Falcons of Ilorin; while the only team with a 100% win record, so far in the competition, Mo Heat will clash with the youngsters of FCT HardRockers, in a mouth watering Abuja derby.


Underdogs, Hot Coal Ballers of Abuja will then have to battle the odds, when taking on gaints, Kano Pillars in the last game of matchday 1.

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Birthday Celebration:Basketball Stakeholders Hail Igoche Mark over Impactful Programs

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Stakeholders of Basketball in Nigeria have facilitated with the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation NBBF, Mr.Igoche Mark has he turns a year old on Tuesday.

Mark who recently gave a new face to demostic basketball in Nigeria, through his pet project, “Mark D Ball” Basketball Championship, recieved commendations from stakeholders for his impactful programs.

In his felicitation message,the Vice Chairman FCT Basketball Association,Muhammed Sulaiman said,”Igoche Mark has lifted the local basketball league from the rag tag scenes to a new enviable heights.This is more than a birthday.Doubters and lameduck representation may think otherwise,but keep winning.”

The Kaduna Basketball Association Chairman,Pastor Scambo Morrison wished the NBBF President more grace and wisdom to pilot the affairs of life.
Others who showered encomiums on the basketball administrator includes, Mr.Stanely Gumut,Coach Scott Nnaji,Mohammed Shehu,Kingsley Aigbonoga, Christopher Nnaji and Sylvanus Ofekun.

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