Nigeria women’s basketball league sponsors Zenith Bank Nig. Plc on Wednesday confirmed they are putting down N24.6million has for the 2018 edition of the competition, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports.
The detail was given during a media meet in Lagos with members of the Zenith Bank representatives and the Nigeria Basketball Federation.
Peter Amangbo, Group Managing Director who was represented by Akin Ogunranti, the company’s Deputy General Manager said the company was proud to support the league for the last 14 years.
He said Zenith Bank was happy to announce their plans to again throw their weight behind the Nigerian Women National League set to tip off on October 28.
He said, “Over the past 13 years Zenith Bank Nig Plc has sponsored the NBBF/Zenith Bank Women’s National League as part of our contributions to the society and youth development.
“This is our core Corporate Social Responsibility which also has come a long way with partnership with the NBBF since 2005, beginning with just four teams and now has grown to 19 teams. We are indeed delighted that our intervention which has continued to yield tremendous results in the areas of women youth development.”
Ogunranti noted, “The sponsorship has raised the profile of women basketball in Nigeria and contributed in no small measure to the discovery of many talents many of whom played in the league.”
He added that the bank was also very happy to have played host the historic senior national women’s team, D’Tigress that won the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket which held in Bamako, Mali.
He also said that Zenith Bank also contributed financial support for the D’Tigress team that competed in the just concluded FIBA World Cup in Tenerife Spain.
The Vice President, NBBF, Babatunde Ogunade, said that Zenith Bank for the last 14 years had continued to show great support for development of basketball in Nigeria.
He acknowledged the bank’s support for the 2017 Afrobasket winning team and also their financial support for the FIBA Women World Cup.
“Our kudos goes to the bank for doing all what they have been doing over the years; we appreciate them for what they have done. They have continued to support female basketball in Nigeria for the last 14 years and look forward to many more years of partnership,” Ogunade said.
Oguande who represented NBBF President, Musa Kida said that the competition with 21teams competing for honours will be played simultaneously in two conferences, the Atlantic (Enugu) and the Savannah (Abuja) conference.
The competition will run from October 28 to November 2 where three teams from each conference will qualify to play in the National Finals holding in Lagos from November 3rd to 7th.
Winners and first runners up will represent Nigeria at the FIBA zone 3 Women’s Champions qualifiers.