4th October, 2010
Olabisi Joseph, the Secretary General of Nigeria School Sports Federation, (NSSF) toldÂ WALE JOSEPH that fans should expect a lot of exciting basketball actions as the 12th MiloÂ Secondary School Basketball Championship dunks off today at the Indoor Sports Hall of theÂ National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria.
What are the expectations of the federation in the finals of the Milo Secondary SchoolÂ Basketball Championship?
We are expecting to see the best grassroots basketball on display. My advice to the fansÂ is that they should not miss these actions from Monday (today) at the National Stadium,Â Lagos. I am sure we are going to see exciting and interesting games.
What does this championship mean to your federation?
Thanks for this question. The Nestle Milo championship means a lot to us as a federation,Â more importantly, it means a lot to Nigeria as a country, because this championship isÂ the flagship of grassroots basketball.
Can you please throw more light on this?
This championship has been on since 1999 without any interruption. It has producedÂ players for the national teams, from Dâ€™Tigers and their female counterparts, Dâ€™Tigrees.Â The Juniors Nestle Milo Secondary Schools Basketball Championship has been supplyingÂ players for the national team. The record is there for every Nigerian to see. PlayersÂ from the championship have also been representing the country in continentalÂ championships of FIBA Africa.
How has it been in the past few years of this championship?
To God be the glory and the sponsor. Nestle Milo Plc. has done a good job to keep usÂ going. I must confess, if not for God and the sponsors we wonâ€™t be where we are today.
What are the new things Nigerians are going to see in this yearâ€™s championship?
The tourney is going to be filled with a lot of exciting and breathtaking basketballÂ actions. Keeping with the Nestle Milo tradition, theÂ fans are going to witness a blendÂ of music and sports with popular Nigerian artists entertaining fans during the finalÂ match this weekend.
Apart from representing the country in international competitions, what are the prizeÂ monies for the winners in both the boys and girls categories and who is going to beÂ responsible for their trips for the international competitions?
The prizes for this yearâ€™s best three teams are N150, 000, N120, 000 and N100:000Â respectively for both boys and girlsÂ categories. We are expecting the respective stateÂ governments of the winners to sponsor their teams for the international championships forÂ further development of the youths.