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Wheelchair Basketball National League To Tip-off Next Year – Federation President

ABEOKUTA – The President, Wheelchair Basketball Federation of Nigeria, Seyi Johnson has disclosed that, the country will host the first-ever Wheelchair Basketball National League next year.

Johnson made this known to newsmen at the weekend in Abeokuta, the Ogun state at the final of the Betking 3×3 wheelchair basketball championship.

Seyi Johnson noted that, some private companies have shown interest in the league and investment for the smooth take-off of the league.

According to him, the league would enable the players to get busy and ready for national competitions.

He said, “Next year, we are announcing to the world the first-ever Wheelchair basketball National League. We’ve gotten the money already, we just need enough planning to make it a success.”

Speaking on the just concluded Betking 3×3 championship in Abeokuta, Seyi Johnson explained that, the competition was organized to spot young and talented players that will be invited to camp ahead of the All Africa Games in Ghana.

“These guys have been away from activities, and most of them have gone back to street begging, so immediately we came to office, we activated the series of competitions for them.

“Without these players, there’s no federation. That is why their welfare will be our number one priority.

“We are using this competition to spot new players that will be invited to the national camp ahead of the All Africa Games in Ghana in September.”

Meanwhile, no fewer than 12 states of the federation participated in the Betking Championship.

Oyo and Delta states’ men and women have emerged champions of the 2023 BetKing 3×3 Wheelchair Basketball National Championship which was held at the outdoor Sports Hall of Alake Sports Centre in Abeokuta, Ogun state.

Oyo state defeated Lagos state 10-1 to lift the trophy in the men’s category while Delta state defeated Oyo state 3-2 to win the women’s category.

Osun state came down from three points to beat Abuja 7-5 to seal third position in the men’s category while Imo state pummeled Kwara state 5-1 to settle for third position in the women’s category.

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