22nd November, 2010
Lagos State basketball team currently in camp preparing for the National SportsÂ Festival Zonal Elimination series have expressed confidence in picking the onlyÂ ticket available for the zone when hostilities dunk-off in Abeokuta, Ogun State onÂ Thursday.
The teams, both boys and girls, train twice daily at the Rowe Park Sports Centre,Â Yaba, Lagos, South West Nigeria.
One of the coaches working with the teams, Mark Balogun, told Basketball TimeoutÂ after one of their training sessions that with their outputÂ in training, theÂ players have a good chance of picking the ticket ahead of their counterparts fromÂ Ogun and Oyo states.
Balogun, who led Lagos Boyâ€™s team to win a sliver medal at the last National SportsÂ Festival in Kaduna, said the players are responding to training well, adding thatÂ their chances of picking the tickets are very bright.
â€œThe coaches are working very hard on the teams and the players are responding veryÂ well. I am very positive that our two teams will come back from Abeokuta with theÂ tickets,â€ he boasted.
Utiman Ola Okuunu, Secretary of Lagos State Basketball Association, also toldÂ Basketball Timeout about the readiness of the teams for the zonal elimination.
He said the teams that resumed close camping a few weeks ago after about threeÂ months of open camping, will not disappoint the state when the series start onÂ Thursday.
He said the teams will depart Lagos for Abeokuta on Wednesday, adding that theÂ logistics have been put in place to make the teams have good outings in the tourney.