By Jacob Ajom
THE 2016 Zenith Bank Women Basketball League dunks off March 15 with 18 teams participating.
The sponsors, Zenith Bank of Nigeria yesterday presented a N35 million cheque which represented the fund for the running of this year’s league.
The Group Managing Director, Peter Amangbo presented a N35million cheque to the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Tijani Umar. This amount represents the sponsorship fund for the 2016 Zenith Women’s Basketball League season.
Although Zenith Bank of Nigeria’s sponsorship of the national Women Basketball League elapses this year, but the financial institution has assured of continuing its partnership with the Nigeria Basketball Federation for a long time to come.
Giving the assurance at the bank’s corporate headquarters yesterday, Group Managing Director, Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo said, “as a bank, we will continue to support this worthy cause and do more than we have been doing in the past.”
Amangbo recalled that in the last 12 years of Zenith Bank’s unbroken sponsorship of the women basketball league, the sport has witnessed an unprecedented level of growth, raising numerous stars, most of who are plying their trades in different leagues across Europe, Asia and America.
“We began with 5 teams, but today there are 18 teams competing in the league. It has been a wonderful experience as a number of the players discovered in this league have represented Nigeria at different levels, while some have taken to basketball as a career and playing in top clubs around the world,” he said.
Responding, President of the NBBF, Tijani Umar said the federation was grateful for the continuous support it had received from the bank, but like Oliver Twist, the NBBF boss pleaded with the bank to extend its support to the national women’s basketball team in its bid to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics.