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Zenith Bank splashes cash on D’Tigress, pledges continuous support for basketball


African champions…Nigeria celebrating her FIBA Afrobasket Championship victory after beating Senegal by 65 to 48 points at the final played in Bamako, Mali yesterday. The victory also handed D’Tigresses passage to the World Championship as African champions. PHOTO: FIBA.BASKETBALL.COM.

Sponsor of the National Women Basketball League, Zenith Bank yesterday hosted the victorious Afrobasket champions, D’Tigress at its headquarters in Lagos, where it gave the players and their coaches various sums of money and also promised to help in preparing them for the Spain 2018 World Cup.

The cash awards were paid into accounts opened for the team members during the visit, and for which they were all presented with debit cards.

Congratulating the players for winning the Afrobasket Championship, the Group Managing Director of the bank, Peter Amangbo said: “It was not only the win that was exciting but also the way you won. During the competition, we were following your progress with keen interest and it is heartwarming that you came back as champions.


“We always support people who are committed just like you. Nigerians have made a mark in basketball. We all know about the exploits of Akeem Olajunwon. Raptors is my favourite team and the GM of the team is a Nigerian.

“Now that you are going to Spain, we are going to support you again for the competition,” he added.

Captain of the team, Aisha Muhammed, commended the bank for hosting the team, and supporting the game in the country.

“I am happy to be here because the support Zenith has been giving the game is a big one for our colleagues playing in Nigeria,” she said.

The vice president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Babatunde Ogunade, who led the team, showered praises on Zenith Bank for its continued support for the game.

He noted the fact that the bank had through its sponsorship of the women league enabled Nigerian women basketballers to challenge for the leadership of the game in Africa.

Ogunade also said that three members of the winning team, Chioma Udeaja, Nkechi Akashili and Upe Atosu featured in the recently concluded Zenith Women League.

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