By Olayinka Elebute
Chairman of Mark Mentors Basketball Club Igoche Mark, has unveiled the Mark ‘D’ Ball Basketball Championship in Abuja, the rejuvenated basketball tournament popularly known as Mark ‘D’ Ball Championship for the male and female categories.
Speaking, Mark said that the championship which was a novel idea and would be quite different from what it used to be, while the female championship would commence from Jan. 8, 2022 with a total of 12 women basketball teams competing for honours at the Indoor Basketball Hall of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
Adding that the male tournament would commence on Jan. 22 and last for 3 months with 12 participating teams from across the country in Abuja.
The chairman explained that the tournament was part of stakeholder’s efforts geared towards resurrecting the domestic basketball leagues in 2022.
According to him “We are all here today because we love this game, a game in which we are passionate about and a place where we spend most of our lives, our are aware, the Mark ‘D ball brand and its affiliations are not new to the basketball fraternity” he said.
He however gives direction on the modalities for the championship, we are working to ensure that all critical stakeholders are involved in this developmental process.
“The tournament committee was working on modalities to ensure that they organised the best tourney ever come 2022″.
While making a passionate plead to all Nigeria that he will do all for the growth of the game.
“I will do everything within my reach to ensure that the game of basketball does not die in Nigeria, Let us all come together and unite to bring basketball back to life”. He concluded.
The host city, Frank Jituboh, the Chairman, FCT Basketball Association expressed his gratitude to the organizers for deciding to stage the championship in Abuja.
Speaking through, Muhammad Sulaiman, the Association’s Second Vice Chairman.
He assured of the association’s commitment to ensure a hitch-free tournament, the year 2021 has been very wonderful. I think Abuja has had the largest number of competitions so far and Mark ‘D’ Ball would be the very first tournament to usher in the year 2022
“I can indeed affirm the commitment of Mark to the growth and development of basketball in this country.
“I don’t think he is doing this because of any ambition to run for the North central ticket in the upcoming Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) elections on Jan. 30.
“So, we want to say thank you so very much for all your efforts and contributions as we continue to explore and strive to strengthen the bond of fellowship between us,” he said.