After the successful completion of its inaugural season on Sunday, in which Abidjan Ramblers defeated Lagos Warriors to emerge champions, organisers of the African Basketball League have hinted that the next season will commence in October.
The CEO of the African Basketball League, Ugo Udezue, thanked Africans for believing in the league even as he hinted that more teams will be part of the League next season.
‘’We are increasing the number of teams to ten next season; and in next two years we are going to have twenty teams in the ABL,’’ he stated.
The African Basketball League officially tipped off on March 5th 2016 at the Landmark Centre in Lagos with six teams; Lagos Islanders, Lagos Warriors, Stallions of Lagos, Dakar Rapids, Libreville Izobe and the current Champions of the League, Abidjan Ramblers.
To emerge champions, Abidjan Ramblers defeated Lagos Warriors in an exciting battle.
The Championship Game was opened by the Ivorian Minister for Housing and Construction, Mr. Mamadou Sanago, and his host, the Minister of Sports, Franciose Amicha. Mr. Sanago welcomed fans and congratulated both teams on a wonderful season, and invited everyone who travelled from various African countries for the game to visit the beautiful city of Abidjan again.
Despite the strong Warriors defense, Ramblers star American player, Marcus Well, and team captain, Jourdain Allou, carried their team to a 5 point lead, 50 to 45 at the end of the 3rd quarter. And the Ramblers never lost the lead as their captain led them to a 61-52 finish.
After the game, Ramblers team captain was announced Most Valuable Player for the Finals, after emerging as the highest scorer with 20 points, 8 rebounds and shot 64.3 percent from the Free Throw line.
Finals MVP Jourdain Allou, said that victory was a great achievement for the team.
“We worked hard for this victory. Abidjan Ramblers has made history by winning the inaugural season of the African Basketball League. The league has helped the players to get more exposure in the game of basketball.
“We thank the organizers of the league for putting up the ABL because it has given the players enough privilege to earn a living while playing in Africa like our NBA counterparts,” he said.
Despite his team’s loss, Warriors Coach Chris Nomingo was voted ABL Coach of the Year. Nomingo said, “We had fewer games than them this period and so they may have had some advantage playing longer together but that is not taking away the fact that the Ramblers wanted the game more and worked for it. This has been a test run so I am sure everyone will get tougher next season.”
Music superstar, Sound Sultan, and fast rising hip hop sensation, Korra, entertained the crowd with electrifying music performance at the finals.