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Delta, Kano lead in Victor Ochei Wheelchair basketball championship

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Wheelchair basketballers preparing for the 2016 Victor Ochei championship in Lagos.

Wheelchair basketballers preparing for the 2016 Victor Ochei championship in Lagos.

Team Ghana vows to shock Nigeria

The 5th edition of the Victor Ochei Wheelchair Basketball International Competition will enter its semifinal stage this afternoon with Team Delta and Imo State looking good for a final battle in the female category.

In the male category, Team Kano and Oyo State are proving too hard a nut to crack for other contesting teams.

According to the president of the Wheelchair Basketball Federation of Nigeria (WBFN), Bukola Olopade, a total of 14 states are taking part in this year’s edition of the championship at the Molade Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports hall at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.

Ghana, with a crack squad has vowed to beat all Nigerian teams to the title this year.

It was learnt yesterday that players and officials of one neigbouring African country (name withheld), were prevented from entering Lagos by Nigerian Immigration officers due to none possession of international passports.

At the Teslim Balogun Stadium yesterday, the female teams from Delta and Imo State gave good account of themselves by subduing their opponents, just as Oyo and Kano wheelchair basketball players were the dominants in the male category.

The WBFN boss, Olopade told The Guardian yesterday that this year’s edition of the competition would be used to select male and female players that will fly Nigeria’s flag in the Africa U-23 Championship in Durban, South Africa from December 7 to 16. Four years ago, Nigeria finished second in the African qualifiers in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Olapade is full of appreciation to the sponsor, Victor Ochei, who after leaving office as Speaker of the Delta House of Assembly still sponsors the championship. “This really shows that he is committed to the Special athletes and the development of the game in the country,” Olapade said yesterday.

“He spends between N30 million to N40 million every year in sponsoring wheelchair basketball programmes both at the local and international level. He has empowered so many Nigerian youths through this wheelchair basketball programme and we are very proud of him.”

The championship will end tomorrow.



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