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Elated Akindele promises better outing from Ogun Babes in national finals

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Coach Peter Akindele could not hide his joy after Ogun Babes’ victory over Oluyole Babes at the Liberty Stadium, Ibadan yesterday. It was in their last qualifying game in the Ibadan Centre of the on-going Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League and success in the match gave his side a ticket to the national finals in Lagos.

It was not an easy encounter as the Oluyole Babes gave as much as they received before eventually succumbing by one point, 73 to 74.

Relishing the chance to continue to test his side against the best teams in Nigeria, Coach Akindele said after game: “My players are so young and I did not expect them to exhibit such composure and determination, which gave us the victory. We worked so hard for it and of course luck was on our side. The crowd cheered and cheered our opponents, but it did not affect us too much.”

Ogun Babes came third in the centre won by First Bank, who pushed Dolphins to the second position in the South West Zone of the League. First Bank had earlier defeated Dolphins 66 to 58.

Akindele said the lessons they learnt from their more illustrious opponents in the Ibadan zone would help them in the national finals.

In other matches yesterday, Nigeria Customs maintained their stranglehold on the Abuja centre with a 101 to 29 points defeat of Nasarawa Amazons, as well as a 63 to 29 points victory over Black Gold.

Also at the package B of the Abuja National Stadium, Air Warriors Babes beat Plateau Rocks 56 to 25 and also defeated FCT Wings 83 to 40.

The Zenith Women’s Basketball League will end today at the four centres nationwide with the teams expected to leave for their homes tomorrow.


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