By Georgina Adegbie
Abuja, Nov. 1, 2018
FCT Angels of Abuja on Thursday whipped the Kanem Queens of Maiduguri 152-5 in their final match at the ongoing Abuja qualifiers of the 14th Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League.
In the game, the Abuja-based FCT Angels who lost 27-46 in their first game on Monday to Nigeria Customs were in complete dominance.
They won 36-3, 44-0, 40-2 and 32-0 in the four quarters to hand the hapless Borno team their heaviest defeat at the competition.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the win was the second win for the FCT Angels in the competition, having beaten Zamfara Babes 47-42 on Tuesday.
Joy Itsibor, FCT Angels’ assistant coach, said afterwards that in spite of being happy with their second win, they were still not comfortable.
“This is our second game that we won. It was unfortunate that we lost our first game against Nigeria Customs. We are fourth on the table now.
“So, we can only pray that the federation (Nigeria Basketball Federation) should pick the best four sides, instead of just the first three, for the final round in Lagos,” she said.
On his part, Umaru Mohammed, the coach of Kanem Queens of Maiduguri, said his players were upcoming basketballers.
“This is their first time of playing a game like this. But we will go back home and work on them against next season.
“One of my best players had a knee injury which didn’t allow her to play the match, while the rest are inexperienced players. So, I need to work on them thoroughly,” he said.
NAN reports that 12 clubs are participating in the Savannah Conference of the 14th Zenith Bank Women’s League Championship.
They are classified into three groups, with Group A having Nigeria Customs, Kanem Queens Basketball Club, Zamfara Babes and FCT Angels.
Group B has IGP Queens, Kebbi Equity Angels, Plateau Rocks and Adamawa Basketball Club, while Group C comprises Kaduna Angels, Taraba Hurricanes, Benue Princess, and Nasarawa Amazons.
The competition, which started on Monday and ends on Thursday is holding at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Abuja National Stadium.
It is organised by the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), with Zenith Bank Nigeria Plc as sponsors.