Hostilities will begin today in the final phase of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League at the sports hall of the National Stadium, Lagos with defending champions, Dolphins taking on seven other teams in its quest to retain its title.
In the group stage, defending champions, Dolphins Basketball Club of Lagos will take on IGP Queens, Delta Force and Plateau Rocks in Group A, while First Bank Basketball Club are drawn in Group B alongside Customs, Benue Princess and AHIP, while the All Star Games will hold during the competition.
Dolphins and multiple champions, First Bank are expected to run over their opponents in the group stage and set up another final showdown like last year when both sides battled for the trophy. However, Dolphins won the trophy last season and will be hoping to defend the title against a rejuvenated First Bank side.
AHIP coach, Wilson Idanwekhai, who said that his team was set up to develop players, noted that it would be nice to lift the trophy with his young side. “We are here to play basketball just like we did in the first two phases, but we also fancy our chance of winning the title.
He stated that his team played well in Asaba to merit its place in the final, adding that playing in the final in Lagos would improve the team’s rating. Idanwekhai commended the sponsors, Zenith Bank for bankrolling the league for 12 consecutive years, urging other corporate organizations to emulate the gesture.
He stated that First Bank Basketball Club remains the team to beat in Group B, while also tipping defending champions, Dolphin to achieve great feat in the competition. He also said his team is capable of playing in the final, noting anything can happen in the game basketball.