Kwese stake N45M for Nigeria Basketball League

BY Dapo Sotuminu

Winners at the 2017 edition of the Kwese Premier Basketball League will get a whopping N45 as prize monies when the season officially ends on September 9 in Kano.

This was disclosed by the factional president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Tijjani Umar, at a packed press conference Wednesday afternoon at the Royal Tropicana Hotel, Kano.
Umar, disclosed that the league champions will take home N20 million as cash prize, while the second place team will get N15 million and third place team N10 million.

He commended the sponsors, Kwese Sports for having confidence in his board despite the power tussle by two groups.
He noted that this shows the resilience of the satellite television company in the midst of difficulties.

He expressed the board’s sympathy on the three teams that were stopped from participating in the final phases of the league: Mark Mentors, the Defenders and Rivers Hoopers by those who played dirty politics. He also commended the players and officials of Rivers Hoopers who publicly protested against impunity in basketball.

Kano Pillars will play against Kwara Falcons and Gombe Bulls against Hoops and Read in the two semi finals on Thursday.


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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
He went into journalism in 1990 with Newbreed Magazine and later crossed over to television production with Ultimate Sports and Soccerworld on the Nigeria Televsion Authority.
He subsequently moved to pioneer Internet publishing in Nigeria with Nigeriasports.com and was later employed at Silverbird Television from where he moved as Editor of Weekend Sports at Naational Mirror Newspapers.
He currently publishes the online sports website www.sportstalkafrica.com besides and also runs a sports marketing outfit, Westcoast Works and Projects, managing and marketing live radio broadcast of the Nigeria Professional Football League.

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