By Kate Obodo
Ahmadiya College,Â Â Kano, Kano StateÂ and Government Girls Day Secondary School, have book their tickets asÂ representatives inÂ the forthcoming Conference at the National finals which is slated in Lagos in October, 2009.
The two schools emergedÂ Champions of theÂ just concluded Conference playoffs of the 2009 Nestle Milo Secondary Schools, which startedÂ from 2nd to 6th, June, 2009, heldÂ at the Sani Abacha Stadium Indoor Sports Hall. The event featured 14 schools, seven males and seven females. In the finals of the Savannah Conference, Ahmadiya College, defeated Sambo Secondary School Gusau, Zamfara State by 42 – 40.
While Government Girls defeated Army Day Secondary School, Bakavu, Kano, Kano State byÂ 20-8.The status quo, whereby teams from Kaduna and Kano States dominated the event was broken by Zamfara State who won in the girlsâ€™s event narrowly lost in the finals of Boys category.
A major highlight of the championship was the commissioning of two brand new basketball courts, where the Army Day,Â Bakavu, Barrack, Kano and Queen Amina College (Kaduna) which won the boys and girls edition at the National Finals played.
According to theÂ management Nestle Milo Plc, represented by the Category Business Manager, Walter Okafor,Â the courts were built in fulfilment of its pledge and commitment to see to the development of the game amongst Secondary schools and as a reward for the two teams emerging as National Champion in 2008.
However, Kano StateÂ Commissioner for Education commended the Nestle Nigeria for their kind gesture and urged other corporate sponsors to emulate the companyÂ as it would assist in the development of youth sports in the country.