President Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Tijjani Umar, who watched the finals of the just concluded 9th Justice Ajannah Inter LGA basketball championship hailed the improvement of the competition while calling on the government of Kogi State to improve in its commitment to the development of the game and facilities in the state, following a N1million donation made by Kogi State Governor, Yaya Bello to the annual championship.
Team Kogi on New Year eve emerged winners of the 9th edition of the Justice Nasir Ajanah lnter Local Government Area Basketball Championship after beating Team Okene 31-29 points in a competitive game decided at the outdoor court of the Okene Club, in Okene, Kogi State.
Umar said, ” I am happy with the show of commitment for basketball development and capacity building for the youth that the Ajanah championship has entrenched over the past 9 years. I am happy with his level of consistency and commitment and call on the Kogi State government to do more in the area of basketball development.
” I encourage the younger players to aspire and focus on education while l hope to see some of the senior players in the national team”. He added
The winners, Team Kogi came from behind after trailing in all the quarters before the Most Valuable Player of the championship, Azolibe Chijioke stole the show by dunking the winning points when both teams were tied on 29 points with 10 seconds to go. Not even the combination of last season MVP David Edward and Gombe Bulls’ lbeabuchi Agu whose three pointers in the first quarters gave Team Okene a 15-3 points lead before Team Kogi bounced back to tie in the second quarter could save the Okene boys.
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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.
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