Zenith Bank Women’s League: Babalola Commends Deepwater Players


Chairman of First Deepwater Club of Lagos, Babatunde Babalola, has commended players and officials of the Oil & Gas club for their superb performance at the recently concluded first phase of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF-organised Zenith Bank Women’s league.

The tourney, held in Kaduna, saw the coach Lateef Erinfolam- tutored side winning all their six matches.

The Oil and Gas mogul was impressed with the performance of his team in the first phase, especially their 88-81 points’ victory over former champions, First Bank Basketball Club of Lagos.

Babalola urged the players not to relent on their efforts as more challenges lie ahead of them.

Babalola, who is the Chief Executive of First Deepwater Discovery Limited, parent company of First Deepwater club, however, made a passionate appeal to the NBBF to reconsider its plan to move the second phase of the league from Asaba.

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The Delta State capital was initially scheduled to host the second phase billed for next month but the ruling body (NBBF) may have rescinded its decision because the Delta State-owned side, Delta Force Basketball Club, failed to honour the first phase in Kaduna.

Dolphin and AHIP basketball clubs also failed to honour the Kaduna leg, citing the Boko Haram threat and other challenges.

In a press statement released from First Deepwater Discovery Limited corporate head office on Ogunlana Drive, Babalola implored the NBBF to look into the matter.

He said the body should consider the reason three clubs failed to show up for the first phase, and map out a plan to forestall a recurrence of such incident in the future.

He gave kudos to the NBBF for the successful conclusion of the first phase and hopes for a better second and final phases of the 2011/2012 season of the Zenith Bank Women League.

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