21st June, 2010
First Bank Basketball Club of Lagos will have their hands full if they will continue their winning streak to retain their league title in the ongoing final phase of the Zenith Bank Women Premier League.
The team will take on Delta Force Angels Basketball Club in the last match of the day, slated for the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria by 5:00p.m.
This season, the league has been full of surprises with the defending champions, First Bank, losing to First Deepwater Basketball Club of Lagos and Sunshine Angels Basketball Club of Akure in the first and second phase in Kano and Asaba respectively.
There is no doubt that the league will definitely go down the wire judging by the winning streaks of both the Elephants Girls as the Aderemi â€˜Owoloâ€™ Adewunmi tutored First Bank are called and First Deepwater team coached by Lateef Erinfolami.
Both sides have won all their matches so far and with the way they are going, it is not likely they will drop points before the last game this weekend.
They will play each other on Saturday, the final day when the 2009\2010 Zenith Bank Women Premier League champions will be decided.
Stakeholders are already looking ahead of the clash which may likely stop the domination of First Bank as the champions of the Nigerian league in the past six seasons. There are strong indications that the Babatunde Babalola owned Deepwater team are ready to repeat last seasonâ€™s feat when they beat First Bank in the last game of the season.
Adefemi Abioye, a basketball buff told Basketball Timeout that the match is going to be highly explosive and exciting, but admitted that First Bank with their experience could carry the day.
Another fan, Kunle Balogun, felt otherwise, saying anything can happen when both sides meet, adding that the Deepwater team have shown they can hold their own against the FIBA-Africa Womenâ€™s Club champions, having beaten them thrice in their last four clashes. He said that the match will be interesting.