The Abuja City Basketball League which dunked off on May 4th this year is into the quarter final stage as eight teams battle for the trophy.
The teams are Defender, Pioneers, All Stars, NAF Rockets, Falogis, Suleja Hornets, Kings and Hard Rockets.
According to one of the organizers, Babamuda James, who spoke with LEADERSHIP Sport said the competition is basically to keep the youths in Abuja busy and take them away from social vices that may affect their future. The league which he claimed to be the biggest in the nation’s capital has involved many big clubs since its inception three years ago from eight to 12 teams.
“The Abuja City Basketball League is the biggest league in Abuja and one of the biggest in the country. Teams from Abuja and environs specifically from Niger and Nasarawa have been involved in this league which started three years ago and I can tell you that this is a big competition where the best participate. It is an open competition where the under-aged and the experienced or if you like veterans compete with the veterans guiding and mentoring the under-aged to have a fulfilling career in the future,” he said.
According to James, the league wants to groom talents for the national basketball team, D’Tigers, as preparation towards the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan commences.
The competition which ends on Saturday will see the champions go home with trophy and cash prize, medals for the first three teams and certificate of participation for all the players.