Basketball: Deepwater Rule Africa Club Tourney


Nigeria women’s league champions, First Deepwater basketball club of Lagos on Monday proved that they are still the best team in West-Africa as they finished top at the 2012 Africa Champions Cup Zone-III qualifiers held in Monrovia, Liberia.

The one-week tourney, organised to determine the two teams that would represent Zone 3 at the 2012 Africa Clubs Champions Cup that would be held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, included teams from Nigeria, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin Republic, Niger Republic, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.

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The ‘Oil & Gas ladies,’ as the coach Lateef Erinfolami-tutored side are called by their fans, defeated their compatriots, First Bank club of Nigeria 54-52 points in their first match, staged a walk-over on C-Delta basketball club of Liberia in the second match and in their third match, they finished off K-Delta basketball club of Liberia by 109-24 points. The Deepwater Discovery Limited-sponsored side thus booked a place in the final round billed for Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire between 19-29 October, 2012 for the third time after only four years of their formation.

—Bamidele Olowosagba

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