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Eko Basketball League: Ahmedu, Okoh, Mensah back LSBBA to succeed

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Some basketball coaches in Lagos on Monday lauded the Lagos State Basketball Association (LSBBA) for the newly rebranded Eko Basketball League after five years it did not hold.

The coaches are Peter Ahmedu, the Head Coach of Dolphins Basketball club, Coach Chris Okoh of the Hoops and Read Basketball Club and  Coach Dosu Mensah of the Dodan Warriors Club.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the league formerly Lagos Basketball City League dunked off on Sunday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos with no fewer than eight male teams and six female teams’ competing for honours.

Dolphins of Lagos crushed First Deepwater of Lagos 52-25, while Hoops and Read of Lagos edged past Dodan Warriors 65-58 in the opening games of the competition.

Ahmedu told NAN in Lagos that he was proud of the association’s leadership which came in to power not quite long and had promised to bring back the league.

“It is a welcome development; this is exactly what we want for the future of the sport in the state.

“I believe with more time the current board will organise more basketball competitions which would enable the game to come alive once again.

“The league is a perfect ground for youths in the state to showcase their talent and get the recognition they deserve,’’ Ahmedu said.

Ahmedu added that his team was able to beat First Deepwater because they were better prepared and wasted no time in proving their mental strength.

“We defeated First Deepwater because we were better prepared, they are good team and boasts of many quality players but currently they are still struggling with match fitness.

“Once we noticed that weakness, we wasted no time in earning our valuable winning points on them,’’ Ahmedu said.

Another Coach, Okoh also heaped praises on the board for reviving the league which was off for five years.

He said it would bring back that healthy rivalries and beautiful games of basketball which Lagos was known for in the past.

“I believe in the leadership of Barbara Harper, the Chairman and Olumide Oyedeji, the Vice-Chairman, these are people who love the game and love youths.

“They will definitely not leave any stone unturned to see to the progress of the sport in the state.

“We know it is a gradual process but with the way they have promised and going about the activities, I am confident that the sport will be revived,’’ Okoh said.

On his team’s success in the Eko Basketball League, Okoh said the team would excel beyond expectations.

“We will do well; we have started well and met a formidable team that has a good history in the league.

“We will take one game at a time and ensure we make it to the finals and compete favourably for the championship’s trophy,’’ Okoh said.

Similarly, Mensah of the Dodan Warriors club said that the new board had done well by reviving the sport through the rebranding of the league.

He said that with time they would also prove to the world how well they love the development of the game in the state.

“With good time and necessary decisions, we hope it will grow into what we expect it to be,’’ Mensah said.

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