CHAIRMAN of First Deepwater Basketball Club of Lagos, Babatunde Babalola, has called on the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) to look into why three teams failed to show up in Kaduna for the first phase of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League.
Babalola, who is also the chief executive officer of First Deepwater Discovery Limited, the parent company of First Deepwater Basketball Club, said the move was necessary to avoid a reoccurrence and that withdrawal of teams from the league takes the shine off the competition.
According to him, the NBBF must ensure that it works closely with the teams, which are vital in the running of the league and the development of basketball in the country. He appealed to the NBBF to reconsider the plan to move the second phase of the league from Asaba, Delta State, due to the inability of Delta Force Basketball Club to honour the first phase alongside Dolphin and AHIP basketball clubs.
He further commended the players and officials of the Oil and Gas outfit for winning the first phase of the league and urged them to keep up the good work. First Deepwater won all six games in Kaduna, including the 88-81 point win over former champion, First Bank Basketball Club of Lagos.
The NBBF was as well commended for the successful conclusion of the first phase just as Babalola expressed hope for a better second and final phase of the 2011/2012 season of the Zenith Bank Women League.
First Deepwater beat FCT Angels 87-27, First Bank fell 88-81, Plateau Rocks went down 100-31, Nigeria Immigration 81-23, Nigeria Customs 88-48 and Sunshine Angels bowed to it on the final day 81-63, thus giving the oil and gas club the lead going into the second phase, which is slated for the third week of this month.