The President of FIBA Africa Zone 3, Sam Ahmadu, has praised the Nigeria Customs Service for hosting the FIBA Africa Zone 3 Women’s Basketball qualifier.
The tournament, which commenced on Saturday at the Mo Arena in Wuse Zone 5, Abuja, features four teams vying for two Zonal tickets to advance to the final phase of the qualifiers in Egypt.
Represented by Florence Adeyanju, the Vice President of FIBA Women’s Development of Africa Zone 3, Ahmadu expressed appreciation for the initiative and emphasized the importance of cooperation among participants for a successful and fair championship.
“On behalf of the FIBA Africa Zone 3 President, Samuel Ahmadu, I want to appreciate the host of this competition, the Nigeria Customs Service for this laudable idea to host such important Championship in Nigeria. As we look forward to a hitch-free tournament, I want to enjoin all the participating teams to cooperate with the organiser and channel their complain to the right authorities.”
The Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee, Samuel Onikeku, conveyed satisfaction with the hosting of the tournament and expressed confidence in the preparedness of the Nigeria Customs Service women’s basketball team.
He stated that the team is geared up to secure one of the tickets to represent the Zone in the final round of the qualifiers in Egypt.
He also highlighted the opportunity for the Nigeria Customs Service to showcase its continuous support for sports and underscored the potential positive impact of the championship on Nigeria, especially within the West African region.
The five-day qualifying tournament, featuring Nigeria Customs Service, MFM women’s basketball team, ASPAC of Benin Republic, and Air Warriors, will determine the two teams from Zone 3 that will advance to the final phase in Egypt.
The concluding phase of the qualifiers is scheduled to take place between December 11 and December 19, 2023.