Deepwater Prioritise Africa Title Over League Trophy


After winning the Nigerian women’s basketball league for two successive years and in pole position to win it for the third time this year, First Deepwater Club of Lagos have prioritised winning the African clubs championship over the league trophy this year.

The coach Lateef Erinfolami-led Deepwater have qualified for the final phase of this year’s league after they won all the matches they played so far in the first and second phases in FCT, Abuja and Asaba, Delta State.

Mary Chinweokwu, a member of the Deepwater team said that the team have dominated the league since the 2009/2010 season, adding that winning the trophy is not their target this time wround but  to do well at the African Clubs Championship that will hold later in the year.

“We have won all our matches in the league this season and we have qualified for the final 8, which will start in Lagos on 6 June. Our main priority now is to qualify for the continent and for us to win the trophy this time around,” Maleba said.

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Commenting on why Deepwater have not been able to do well on the continent despite their dominance in the domestic league, the experienced guard said: “It has always been down to inexperience on the part of some of our players. We have been winning matches on the continent but we’ve always come short in the later stages of the championship. Now that we have been together for two years, I belieeve we will go for the title this time around.”

Chinweokwu said further that teamwork and the determination to succeed have been the reason behind their success in the Nigerian women’s league, adding that they are in strong form to win the league trophy once again at the end of the final 8 in June.

“The league this year is more competitive especially the just concluded second phase in Asaba. Personally, I am impressed with my performance in the second leg than what I did in Abuja some weeks ago.

“I think we had our success in Asaba because we had more time to play together as a team and again the organisation was better in Asaba than what we had in the first leg in Abuja,” Maleba stated.

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