All is set for this year’s Mark D Ball Basketball Men’s Championship, which will dunk off on Sunday, February 6th, at the Indoor Sports Hall, Package B, MKO Abiola National Stadium Abuja.
The event which comprises of 24 teams was pushed forward, due to the usage of the venue for other events.
Meanwhile, the teams have been pooled into 3 Groups – A, B and C; as they will take turns to play each other in a round robin format, weekly – starting with Group A.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s jump-ball, the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation NBBF and Initiator of Mark D Ball Basketball Championship, Igoche Mark, explains that the championship is his pet project geared towards the development of the game; stating that the federation will soon roll out developmental programmes.
His words, “For 10 years and counting, Mark D Ball Basketball Championship has been my pet project even before I emerged as the President of NBBF. The championship is geared towards the development of the game (Basketball). It is a mixture of sport, entertainment and rewards.
“As stated in the press statement that was issued few days ago, the NBBF under my watch is committed to develop and expand the scope of Basketball in Nigeria. All stakeholders in Basketball including the media will benefit from our programmes,” Mark started.
The NBBF President promised to revive the dead domestic league, following the dearth of games suffered in the last four years.
The Mark D Ball teams in Group A consist of Gombe Bulls, Police Batons, Apa Flames, Hot Coal Ballers, Nile University Spartans, AHIP Giants, Mo Heat and Safety Knights.