Zenith Women Basketball League starts Friday
• Bank places N70m sponsorship fee on 2019 season
All is now set for the 2019 Zenith Women Basketball League following the conclusion of arrangements for a glamorous jump ball for the senior women league by the sponsor, Zenith Bank Plc. and the organisers, the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF).
Yesterday, Zenith Bank announced a N70 million sponsorship for the 2019 edition of the league with 27 teams featuring across four centres – Ibadan, Akure, Zaria and Abuja. The first leg is expected to jump ball on Friday.
Speaking at the unveiling of the programme for the league, the Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Ebenezer Onyeagwu said the outfit was happy to continue the relationship with the NBBF for the women’s league.He said since the partnership started 15 years ago, there has been tremendous improvement in women basketball development in the country.
“Two years ago, the women national team, D’Tigress went all the way to win the Afrobasket Championship in Mali and not only that, went all the way to the quarterfinal of the World Cup in Spain.“The progress has been commendable and with such positive feedback, we are happy to continue and hope other corporate organisations will follow up and support the sports to grow in the country.”
He also assured that the bank will fulfill all their commitments to the federation, especially all the participants in the league.While applauding the sponsors, NBBF President, Musa Kida acknowledged that Zenith Bank remained steadfast in their support for the women basketball in Nigeria.
Kida said without the sponsorship from the bank, the women team wouldn’t have achieved such great heights in Africa and the world at large.He also reiterated the sponsors’ call for other corporate organisations to invest in sports in the country.