Nigerian women’s basketball is set to take center stage again as league sponsor, Zenith Bank Nig. Plc on Wednesday revealed that N24.6million has been provided for 2018 season.
The announcement was disclosed during a media parley in Lagos with members of the Zenith Bank representative and the Nigeria Basketball Federation.
Peter Amangbo, Group Managing Director who was represented by Akin Ogunranti, the company’s Deputy General Manager made the disclosure that the company was proud to support the league for the last 14 years.
He said that the company was happy to announce to the public their plans to again throw their weight behind the National Women Basketball League set to tip off on the 28th of October which will be an abridged version.
“Over the past 13 years Zenith Bank Nig. Plc has sponsored NBBF/Zenith Bank Women’s National League as part of our contributions to the society and youth development.”
The competition will run from Oct. 28 till November 2 where three teams from each conference will qualify to play in the National Finals holding in Lagos from November 3rd to 7th.
“This is our core Corporate Social Responsibility which also has come a long way with partnership with the NBBF since 2005, beginning with just four teams and now has grown to 19 teams. We are indeed delighted that our intervention which has continued to yield tremendous result in the areas of women youth development.”
According to Ogunranti, the sponsorship has raised the profile of women basketball in Nigeria and contributed in no small measure to the discovery of many talents many of whom played in the league.
He added that the bank was also very happy to host the historic senior national women’s team, D’Tigress that won the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket which held in Bamako, Mali.
He also said that Zenith Bank also contributed financial support for the D’Tigress team that competed in the just concluded FIBA World Cup in Tenerife Spain.
Meanwhile, the Vice President, NBBF, Babatunde Ogunade, said that Zenith Bank for the last 14 years had continued to show great support for development of basketball in Nigeria.
He acknowledged the bank’s support for the 2017 Afrobasket winning team and also their financial support for the FIBA Women World Cup.
“Our kudos goes to the Bank for doing all what they have been doing over the years; we appreciate them for what they have done. They have continued to support female basketball in Nigeria for the last 14 years and look forward to many more years of partnership”, Ogunade said.
Ogunade who represented NBBF President, Engineer Musa Kida said that the competition with 21teams competing for
Winners and first runners up will represent Nigeria at the FIBA zone 3 Women’s Champions qualifiers.