Deepwater Coach On Cloud 9 After Team Win Zenith League Back To Back


Coach Lateef Erinfolami of First Deepwater was full of excitement over the weekend after his team became the champions of the Nigerian Women’s Basketball League for the second year successively.

Coach Erinfolami attributed his side’s victory to dedication and total commitment of the players and management of the modest side who stormed the Nigerian scene in December 2008.

Erinfolami, who is winning a major title on the local scene for the second time after a fruitful playing career, stated that their professed ambition to dictate the pace of the game in the country has not been proved wrong.

“I am highly delighted that we are able to build on last year’s achievement when we won our maiden trophy. A lot of people have said it was a fluke and doubted our ability to sustain it but today, we have proved our critic wrong with another title in the kitty,” he said.

The coach dedicated the victory to the players for their commitment and thanked the club management for always being there for them even in tough times.

He said: “ We will not be where we are today without the unflinching support of our management, the players and all our fans out there.

“Today’s credit goes to everyone that has contributed immensely towards this successful season.I cannot mention names right now.”

First Deepwater defeated former champions, First Bank, in a keenly contested final match by 65-57 points. Sunshine Angels finished in 3rd position.

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Erinfolami said they were able to win the final match against First Bank due to the focus of the players and resolve to keep the game close through out the duration of the match.

He further stated that the team will be fortified ahead of their continental club engagement stresssing that their focus now is to win title at the continental stage.

Assistant coach of First Bank, Christopher Acha, in his remarks after their defeat to Deepwater said his players put in their best but they lost to a better.

Reflecting on Deepwater’s back to back chmapions of the league, Acha said its their time and they should enjoy the moment while its last.He said they will not let the title lost affect their engagement on the continent..

He urged them to continue to put in their best efforts for the development of the game in the country.

Speaking after their hard-earned victory, Nkechi Akashili, who represented the country at the All Africa Games and the Afrobasket in Bamako, Mali, said the players had promised to win the trophy for their fans and the owner of the club, Babatunde Babalola.

—Bamidele Olowosegba

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