Players and officials of teams participating at the ongoing ‘Mark D Ball’ Basketball Women’s Championship have commended the organisers and the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for putting together what they described as the best basketball tournament in recent times.
The Championship dunked off on Saturday at Package B of the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja with 16 teams, from the FCT and across the nation, competing for honours.
A player with IGP Queen, Christiana Isaac told ‘Mark D Ball’ Media Crew that playing competitive basketball, after years of inactivity, and the level of organisation she has seen, makes her think the tournament is another carnival.
“I won’t lie, this tournament is different because it is the first time players got their appearance fees and allowances directly into their Bank Accounts. I want to commend Igoche Mark for this gesture and I will admonish him to continue with this.” Isaac stated.
In the same vein, Coach of Novena Queens, Angela Izekwe described the championship as fascinating and marvelous; and ranked it as the best basketball event put together in recent times.
“The organsiers of Mark D Ball are superb, marvelous and the best. I commend them for putting up this tournament. “Izekwe said.
While commending the Organisers and Sports Ministry for resuscitating domestic basketball after years in the woods, Head Coach of Hotcoal Sizzlers of Abuja, Habib Afodun prayed for the continuity of the Championship.
“This is top notch, first of its kind in Nigeria. We have not witnessed anything close to this before. It is awesome and you can see happiness in the faces of all participants, I wish this can be sustained,” he noted.
She joined other stakeholders in thanking the Sports Ministry, ably led by the Honourable Minister, Chief Sunday Dare; and the Organisers of Mark D Ball Basketball Championships for their gesture.
Meanwhile, Captain of Hotcoal of Abuja, Sharon Oduko has also joined in commending the new innovations and branding imbibed by the Organisers of Mark D Ball Championship.
Speaking to our Media team, Oduko pointed out that the innovations and branding have been amazing, and have given the Indoor Sports Hall (venue of all the matches) a carnival outlook, and the players, officials and spectators can be seen wearing broad smiles.
She added that she is super excited to be part of the glamour, splendour, and a Slam and Dunk tournament where the welfare and wellbeing of the participants are giving top priority.
The 2022 ‘Mark D Ball’ Basketball Championship for women, enters Match Day 4 with 8 teams advancing to the next round of the championship on Wednesday.