28th November, 2011
Nigerian basketball womenâ€™s league champions, First Deepwater Basketball Club of Lagos, have vowed to host and win this yearâ€™s edition of FIBA-Africa Clubs Championship for women after the Lateef Erinfolami-coached team accepted to sponsor the championship. Camerounian side, I.N.J.C withdrew from hosting the tournament citing lack of funds and logistics problems.
Deepwater club owner, Babatunde Babalola, revealed to P.M Sports thatÂ when the FIBA-Africa Zone 3 body approached his club after Cameroun withdrew from hosting the championship, he accepted to sponsor the tournament.
He said hosting the tourney will contribute to the growth of womenâ€™s basketball in Nigeria.
â€œWe were approached by the president of FIBA Africa Zone 3 after Cameroun withdrew from hosting it.Â We accepted to host the tournament because we believe it will help womenâ€™s basketballÂ to grow in Nigeria,â€ Babalola said.
He assured that the clubÂ will not only organise a befitting championship but win the trophy for the country.
It was gathered that FIBA-Africa and the NBBF will handle the organisation of the championship while First Deepwater will sponsor the championship.
Eight teams will take part in the tournament scheduled to hold between December 4 and 10.
Nigeria will be represented by First Deepwater and First Bank, Cameroun will be represented by one club, Senegal will be represented by one clubÂ while Angola will be represented by two clubs.
Two other clubs from Africa will also participate in the tournament.