NBBF Plans For Women Tourney

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The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, is planning a national Women Open Championship to ensure that female clubs in the country participate in at least one tourney yearly.

NBBF’s President, Tijani Umar, who disclosed this to P.M.Sports in Lagos said all the clubs that participated in the just concluded 7th Zenith Bank Premier League on 29th October, in Lagos had agreed that the tourney should start early in 2012.

Umar said: “The women open championship is designed to increase the number of clubs that will be taking part in the national women’s league.

“It would also allow feeder clubs to be promoted annually to the main league, thereby generating serious competition among participating clunbs.”

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He stated further that the national championship would have started this year but because of financial constraints they have agreed to let it take off next year.

The NBBF boss further revealed that the slamming and dunking house would equally introduce an U-16 championship to unearth talented players that would be nurtured to take over from the U-18 teams.

He said: “The current male and female U-18 teams have not been performing to expectations at international competitions, hence there is need to start grooming young players that will eventually graduate into the team.”

“ This U-16 competition will be for secondary schools across the country.This will help the federation to be sure of the ages of our players since they are in school.”

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