24th December, 2010
By Wale Â Joseph
The finals of the 2010 ipNX Rookies Basketball Championship will hold today inside the Sports Hall of the Rowe Park Sports Centre, Yaba, Lagos, South West,Â Nigeria.
According to the coordinator of the tournament, Mark Balogun, Rookies Academy played in one of the semi finals early today, while the finals of the U-18 MenÂ and Women as well as the finals of the U-16 Men and Women would hold this evening.
Balogun, who is reputed to be one of the best grassroots basketball coaches in the country, described this yearâ€™s championship as a huge success, adding thatÂ the Rookies Academy and ipNX Nigeria Limited will continue to work closely for the interest of the nationâ€™s youths and the game.
Also, ipNX Nigeriaâ€™s Business Development Manager, Segun Okuneye, said that the companyÂ is fulfilling one of its obligations of giving back to the societyÂ through the championship.
Okuneye said that the management of the Ikeja-based telecom outfit will continue to support the desire of the teeming youths in the state to achieve theirÂ goals in lives, especially in the area of basketball development.
Some of the dignitaries expected to grace todayâ€™s grand finale are the Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Council, LSSC, Agboola Dabiri, who will be theÂ Special Guest of honour. Dabiri will be coming with other members of the board of the Sports Council, while the Chairman of the Lagos State BasketballÂ Association, Babatunde Ogunade isÂ chief host.