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Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League: Air Warriors, Nigeria Customs set for showdown



Air Warriors Babes continued their impressive performance at the ongoing 2019 Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League by thrashing Kanem Queens of Maiduguri 79-19 on Wednesday in Abuja.

The victory ensured that Air Warriors maintained their unbeaten record so far at the Abuja centre of the second phase of the league.

Also at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, venue of the tournament, Nigeria Customs were too good for debutants FCT Wings, as the log leaders ran away with a 73-37 win.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the battle for qualification for the National Conference phase of the league will now be taken to the final day.

Both teams have now won all four of their encounters each and will meet on Thursday to decide the ultimate zonal champions.

Coach of Customs, Abdulrahman Mohammed, told reporters after the game against FCT Wings, his team’s experience and calibre of players would make the difference against Air Warriors.

“We have been consistent in the league and although Air Warriors have had a good tournament, you can’t discountenance our experience.

“As far as this zone is concerned, I’m optimistic that we will clinch the qualification for National Conference.

“My players are used to the big stage and they know what is at stake. On Thursday, we are going to confirm our status,” he said.

Emmanuel Odah, coach of FCT Wings, corroborated Mohammed’s position, stating that his team put up a good fight against a vastly experienced Customs side.

“The Customs team are the most experienced and talented in this zone. If things were done well in Nigeria, they ought to be a franchise team. They have players who have played abroad.”

Odah, however, commended his players for holding their own against their formidable opponents.

“I commend my team for their impressive performance. Here in the FCT, promoting the game at the grassroots is more important than any individual glory,” he said.

Edited by Remi Koleoso/Maharazu Ahmed