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NBBF President, Kida commends partcipants at Musa Kida U-17 Cup

Posted : 31 December 2023

The President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has commended the participants at the maiden edition of the Musa Kida Basketball Cup for their good performances and sportsmanship.

Kida gave the commendation at the finals of the basketball competition held in Lagos.

In the final match, Heat Kings emerged as the champions of the inaugural edition after winning their two games at the Giants of Africa Court in Abesan Estate, Ipaja, Lagos.

Heat Kings beat Estate Kings in game one, 49-31, to register their first win before beating Diamond Academy 43-19 in game 2.

In another game played, Estate Kings defeated Diamond 29-06, while Estate Kings ended the three-team format in second position, and Diamond came third.

All the top three teams received medals, with the newly crowned winner, Heat Kings, taking home the champions trophy.

There were individual honors on display, with Heat Moses Ebujor emerging as the Most Valuable Player of the competition.

The award for the best defensive player went to Muiz Salami of Estate Kings, while Tomisin Alatishe of Diamond Academy picked up the best three-point shooter award.

In his remarks, the sponsor of the event, Eng Musa Kida, said the competition aimed at producing talents from the grassroots.

Kida, who also serves as the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, commended the participating teams for their gallant performance and assured that the competition would continue in 2024.

"I am impressed with the turnout and especially the talents on the ground. We will continue to do more for grassroots players. This is how the legends among us started; they all had humble beginnings before turning into global superstars.

The next edition will be greater and involve more teams. Don't forget that this is the festive season.

Kudos to the organizers as well for putting this together.

The Coordinator of the event, Tayo Adeyemo of Wonderland Sports, is optimistic that lots of talents abound in the grassroots and urged clubs to take advantage of the Musa Kida basketball competition to discover talents for their teams.

He assured that the next edition will be held in April 2024.



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