UNILAG Agog For Basketball All-Star Game


Taiwo Adelu

The DStv Basketball Celebrities/All-Star Jumball holds tomorrow at the Indoor Sports Hall of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, Akoka, Lagos beginning from noon.

Staged to provide sports and entertainment lovers with a day of fun-filled basketball action featuring the All-Star players from the Savannah and Atlantic Conferences of the DStv Basketball League, there will also be a celebrity game between popular radio station, The Beat 99.9FM and Channel O, both official partners of the DStv Basketball All Stars.

The star-studded celebrity game will feature MI, Sound Sultan, Praiz, Darey, Ikechukwu and Bovi.

Other personalities participating in the DStv Basketball Throwdown include Ghost from Show Dem Camp (SDC), Jimmie, Capital F.E.M.I, Karma of Naija Ninja and Blackah of Naija Ninja.    Fans won’t be left out as side attractions such as the Slam Dunk and free throw competitions with lots of fantastic prizes to be won will be on stage with performances from music sensations with celebrity DJs providing entertainment throughout.

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Ahead of the game, Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, has released a list of 24 players and six officials from the Atlantic and Savannah Conferences of the Dstv Premier League. The League Director, Agboola Pinheiro, said that 12 players and three officials each were selected from the two conferences for the game with Kano Pillars and Mark Mentors dominating the Savannah Conference list.

“The Savannah Conference will be handled by coaches Peter Ahmedu (Mark Mentors) and Abdulrahaman Mohammed(Gombe Bulls) with former international, Lawal Garba as Team Manager while Coaches Adeboye Aderiboye (Oluyole Warriors) and Chris Nomingo (Dodan Warriors) will handle the Atlantic Conference team with former international, Deji Jaiyeola as Team Manager,” Pinheiro disclosed in Lagos.

Coach Sani Ahmed of Kano Pillars is Head coach of the Savannah All Stars team but has some family commitments while Head coach of the Atlantic Conference, Lati Erinfolami of Islanders, who is also coach of First Deep Water Basketball team, will be leading his team to Ilorin for the second phase of the Zenith Bank Women’s League.

Players picked from the Savannah Conference are Abubakar Usman, Dele Ademola, Mathew Monya, Onyeka Okeke and Adeolu Ojoh from Kano Pillars, Stanley Gumut, Abdul Yahaya, Akpara Akiti and Timothy Kwor from Mark Mentors, Chibuzor John, Plateau Peaks, John Mathais and Joseli Ibrahim from Gombe Bulls.

The Atlantic Conference players are Chiwendu Nwaigbo and Ibrahim Okpe from Islanders, Obum Onyia, William Ndouba, Solomon Ajebeyi and Boniface Synesius from Union Bank, Azouma Dike and Mamadou Savadogo from Dodan Warriors, Lanre Alimi, Kwara Falcons, Emmanuel Balogun, Customs and Femi Adekanye, Oluyole Warriors.

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