Amangbo Pledges Zenith Bank’s Con­tin­ued Sup­port for Women’s Bas­ket­ball

THISDAY - - MONDAY SPORTS -

The Group Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo, at the week­end show­ered praises on the play­ers and of­fi­cials that took part in the just con­cluded Na­tional Women Bas­ket­ball League spon­sored by the bank.

Amangbo who was at the Na­tional Sta­dium, Su­rulere for the fi­nal of the com­pe­ti­tion, said he was elated with the sports­man­ship spirit ex­hib­ited by the com­peti­tors.

First Bank Bas­ket­ball Club of Lagos de­feated First Deep­wa­ter also of Lagos, 84-53 to re­tain the ti­tle they won last year.

Al­though the match started on a very keen note, it did not take much time be­fore First Bank stamped au­thor­ity on the game to com­pletely dom­i­nate their op­po­nents.

First Deep­wa­ter were able to win the third quar­ter 24-20 in an at­tempt to stage a come­back after trail­ing 45-22 at half time of the fi­nal match.

The cham­pi­ons were clearly su­pe­rior in the three other quar­ters in the largely onesided fi­nal that was wit­nessed by al­most a full ca­pac­ity of spec­ta­tors at the In­door Sportshall of the sta­dium.

The Zenith Bank boss noted that the play­ers have dis­played so much guts and de­ter­mi­na­tion to ex­cel al through the event which held be­tween April 10 and Au­gust 29.

Amangbo said: “I com­mend all the play­ers and of­fi­cials be­cause ev­ery­body is a win­ner. I want to as­sure all that Zenith Bank will con­tinue to sup­port sports and bas­ket­ball in par­tic­u­lar.

“Over the years, we are proud that many of the play­ers who fea­ture in this com­pe­ti­tion rep­re­sent the coun­try in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

“We are com­mit­ted to the devel­op­ment of sports as one of our so­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and so this event will get big­ger and bet­ter ev­ery year.”

The for­mer Pres­i­dent of the Nige­ria Bas­ket­ball Fed­er­a­tion (NBBF), Ti­jani Umar, was at the event as well as the FIBA Africa Zone Three Pres­i­dent, Col. Sam Ahmedu (rtd).

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