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Mark D Ball: Under 17 National Team emerges 2015 female champion

Written By Idoma Television on Friday, January 1, 2016 | 3:34:00 AM

By Yemi Itodo

The U-17 female basketball team has come first at the ongoing Mark D Ball tournament 2015 in the female category.
In a match decided a while ago, the U-17 came hard on the Sweeties of Makurdi in a keenly played finals with 61 points to 59.

All efforts made by the Sweeties to push home 2 more points to fall on same aggregate fell abortive as the U-17 were handy in all their punches.

Speaking with Newsmen shortly after the match, the Head Coach, Mr. Adeka Daudu dedicated the victory of his team to almighty God and to Hon. Ada Mark Ogbole who has successfully spurred the team to victory on many national and international tournaments.
“Through the encouragement of our Sponsor, Ada Mark, we have been able to push through in almost all our outings. This is the first time we are appearing at the Mark D Ball tournament and I’m happy we made it to the top.

“We were able to also represent Nigeria in Madagascar early this year and by God’s grace we are representing the African continent in Spain come 2016”, Coach Adeka said.

He however observed and appreciated the dexterity of the sweeties of Makurdi for a keen outing. “I must confess, the Sweeties didn’t come easy! You can imagine we only beat them with 2 points. That shows that they are good and the team Managers must be applauded for that”, he added.

On the chances of his team’s success in Spain 2016, the Idoma born Coach said he was optimistic that the Champions would shine in all their encounters.

According to him, “it is not all about clinching the trophy but the ability to explore and expose the Nigerian young Players to the international communities for possible endorsements with foreign based clubs”.
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