Teams storm Lagos, as Western Conference finals begins tomorrow

BasketballThe Indoor Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, will be the cynosure of all eyes from tomorrow when activities of the Western Conference finals of the 17th Milo Secondary School Basketball Championship begins.

According to the Secretary General of Nigerian School Sport Federation (NSSF), Olabisi Joseph, eight states, including host, Lagos, are expected to converge for the tournament, which serves as qualifiers to the national championship scheduled to hold in Asaba, Delta State capital.

The other teams aiming for places in the grand finale are Ekiti, Ondo, Oyo, Delta, Edo, Osun and Ogun states. They are expected to arrive Lagos tomorrow for the tournament, which begins with screening of teams.

“We are going to ensure that we do thorough screening this year and to ensure that we have proper students competing in our tournaments. Also we are introducing biometric screening this year so that we can have the fingerprints of all the participants to help check cheatings in all our events.

“This biometrics will also help us to have data of all the participants for future events. This we hope and believe will help us to improve the competition to the admiration of our sponsors,” she said.

Joseph lauded the management of Nestle Plc for keeping faith with the tournament in the last 18 years, adding that most of the national players have come through the championship since its inception.

“We will forever remain grateful to the management of the Nestle for their unalloyed support to us and we cannot but appreciate them for what they have done to Nigerian children with the support for school sports.

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