Members of newly promoted Plateau Peaks, winners of the Nigeria Basket Ball Federation, NBBF, National Division One Basketball League, have been talking about their victory and what to expect from them in the next season.
Plateau Peaks of Jos, Plateau State, and Oluyole warriors of Ibadan, Oyo State, have both been promoted to the 2012/2013 Premier Basketball League.
The Captain of Plateau Peaks, Victor Sameh, said the team is on top of their game.
“When the league started it wasn’t easy. We have a lot of support and our gym is ready. We have a lot to offer.
“Most people think Basketball is in the United States, but basketball is here now, it has gone digital.”
Sameh predicted a good outing for his team in the coming premier basketball season.
“Lots of other clubs in the league should watch out for us, and get ready for us,” he said.
The Coach of the team, Kevin Nambam, while speaking to PREMIUM TIMES after their final game victory over Oluyole warriors said: “We thank God. We did great though it has been tough playing 2matches in a day.”
“The boys did great, we are happy to be back to the league again. We have won the league before and we plan to win the league, our hopes and aspirations are to win the league.”
The President of the Nigerian Basketball Federation, Tijani Umar, who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES after the match, said he was impressed with the officiating during the competition.
“I’m very impressed with what the referees did. They have done really very well.” Mr. Umar said.
The basketball federation boss sad the federation heeded the advice of the FIBA instructor from Egypt who asked that young referees be given opportunities to officiate more matches.
Mr. Umar said the next competition for his federation was the national division 2 for women to be hosted in Minna.
“Basketball is growing and doing well now, basketball has come to stay. What the national team did over the summer was impressive and our national team can only get better, a more elaborate planning from our side.”