Lagos, Oct. 21, 2019
Battle for the national title and two continental competition tickets will heighten on Tuesday as the 2019 Zenith Bank Women Basketball League Final 8 Competition enters the quarter-finals stage.
The quarter-finals games will hold at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Lagos.
The opening game will hold at 10 a.m. between Group A winners First Bank and Black Gold of Abuja who finished bottom of Group B.
Defending champions First Bank, on the back of their unbeaten run which dates back to 2016, will hope to take a step towards winning their 10th national title against new entrants Black Gold.
Team of the moment and one of the title favourites, Air Warriors, having finished top of Group B, will tackle Plateau Rocks who are yet to win a game at the National Final 8 phase.
The newly-formed Air Warriors, being bankrolled by the Nigerian Air Force, will again depend on the trio of double-double Queen, Murjanatu Musa, veteran player Blessing Kasham and Chinwe Okah.
Air Warriors are also seeking to qualify for their first-ever semi-final match.
The third game of the day will be between former champions Dolphins of Lagos and Delta Force of Asaba.
Having last won the title in 2015 and lost to First Bank in the 2018 finals, all eyes will be on the Peter Ahmedu-coached Dolphins when they file out against Delta Force.
The last quarter-final game promises to be explosive between two evenly-matched sides, Customs and MFM Queens.
It will be a grudge match for MFM who were denied a podium finish in 2018 when they lost to Customs in the third-place game.
The competition’s semi-finals will be played on Wednesday.