12th September, 2011
Assistant coach of First Bank Club of Lagos, Chris Acha, has saidthat his team are left with no choice than to beat their arch rivals, First Deepwater of Lagos, when both teams slug it out at the third phase of the Zenith Premier League that has been scheduled for Lagos.
After their training at the National Stadium, Surulere, South-West, Lagos, Acha said that with the defeat they had suffered in the hands of coach Lateef Erinfolami-led First Deepwater, in Akure, and the fact that NIgeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, has decided to award their disputed match against Union Bank of Lagos to Union, they are poised to regain the top spot by beating the current table toppers, First deepwaters.
â€œWe are in a dicey situation right now and to guarantee the premier league trophy at the end of the championship, we have no choice than to win all our remaining matches in Lagos,â€ he said.
Acha said they have started training in order not to avoid the costly mistakes they made in Akure.
â€œAs you can see, we have commenced training even though the NBBF are yet to announce the date for the start of the third phase. Some of our players are on national duty, representing the country at the basketball event of the ongoing All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique.
â€œThis won’t stop us from continuing with the planned programmes to enable us realise our ambition of reclaiming the leagueâ€™s trophy from First Deepwaters,” he said.
Reacting to some claims that First Deepwaters are already run-away winners of the league, Acha posited that such views are baseless and mischievous, saying they will not concede defeat until their final match of the season.
â€œIt will be Deepwatersâ€™ greatest undoing to start thinking that they have won the trophy when we have not started the third phase of the season.
“As I said earlier, we are ready to take every game as it comes. As they say, it is not over until itâ€™s over.â€