President of Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF), Mallam Ibrahim Mohammad, has expressed delight at the standard of this year’s Nestle Milo Secondary Schools Basketball Championship finals.
Speaking exclusively to Extra Time, Mohammad revealed that the ongoing National Finals of the tourney in Lagos has truly given future basketball champions from schools the opportunity to express their God-given talents and commended Nestle Milo for supporting basketball development from the grassroots.
“It is a thing of joy that all the finalists from the four conferences in both male and female categories are in Lagos battling for the ultimate prize.
“And we could see the quality of organization of this year’s Milo Basketball event and the breathtaking displays from our students from various States, which goes a long way to reassure stakeholders of basketball in the country that in the next few years Nigeria will be among the superpowers of the slam-and-dunk game.
“We in the NSSF shall continue to ensure that age-cheats are nowhere near the competition because this is the tourney that forms the bedrock of basketball development in Nigeria,” he said.
Mohammad further called on other corporate bodies to invest in sports development.
“Nestle Milo Secondary Schools Basketball Championship is a competition that many other corporate bodies doing business in Nigeria must emulate and contribute their own quota to the development of our youths through sports.
“Frankly, sports has given life and hope to the less privileged in the society and also gone a long way to preserve the unity of the country, so we all must support it just as Nestle Milo is currently doing.
“Today, we are proud to say that some of the products of the championships are already making waves in basketball internationally, while some are among the core members of our various national basketball teams, thus making Nigeria an envy for other basketball-playing nations in Africa and the world.
“I hope this initiative can be sustained by Nestle Milo, so as to take the sport to next level it deserves,” he stated.
Mohammad further affirmed that the record-breaking 9000 participating schools in the 2017 edition of the competition is worth celebrating.