The 19th edition of the Milo All Secondary Schools’ Basketball Championship (Milo Basketball) organized by the Nigeria School Sports Federation and sponsored by Nestle Nigeria Plc ended on the high as the finals which held at the indoor sports hall, National Stadium, Surulere witnessed a massive turn out of children and lovers of Basketball. Amongst the special guests were Mrs Bab Akinyeye, Director co-curricular, Ministry Of Education, Mr Mauricio, managing Director, Nestle Nigeria.
The Milo All Secondary Schools’ Basketball championship is the premier grassroot/ high school tournament in Nigeria which is open to all secondary schools. Qualification are held at both the state and regional levels. The finals feature only regional winners.
In the 2017 National finals, St Jude Girls Secondary School, Amarata, Yenagoa beat Yejide Girls Grammar School, Ibadan 41 -14 to emerge the Champion in the Girls category. And, the boys events witnessed a very tough match between Government Secondary School Minna, Niger State and Government Secondary School Karu, Abuja. The match ended 65 -60 in favour of the lads from Minna.
Government Secondary School, Gboko, Benue state and Yejide Girls Grammar, Ibadan came second and first runner up in the Girls Category while St Augustine Seminary, Ezzangbo, Ebonyi State and Government Seconadary School Karu, Abuja were third and second in the boys category.
St Jude Girls Secondary School and St Augustine Seminary won the fair play trophy in the girls and boys category.
A very excited Aminu Usman, an SS1 student Government Secondary School, Manna who was voted the MVP in the boys category spoke to asentv.tv. When asked about his success and how he got into basketball, he said
“ it’s God”
Meanwhile, Grace John, an SS2 student of St Jude Girls Secondary School, Yenegoa spoke to asentv.tv. Asked about how she got into basketball, she said
“My coach has being pushing us. He has being trying his possible best making sure we become something in life. Exposing us to various competition. From there we are hoping the we get somebody who can give us scholarship abroad or to play in Nigeria’s elite League.”
Answering the question, “if given an opportunity to trade your skill outside this country, would you take it?” she answered,
“ Yes sir. I will”
In an interview with reporters, Mr Maurico Alarcon, managing director of Nestle, Nigerisa. He said,
‘’We are doing a lot of things and the quality of the game is the most important part. And, we are including more and more schools; both boys and girls participating is the Ultimate Objective. ’’
Meanwhile the “ Mr Olufemi Akintola”, re-emphasized the objective of Milo in sponsoring the competition. He said
‘’it is very much in line with the DNA of the bran. Our brand is about raising, energizing future . The Milo Basketball Championship enables us to engage youth in a very positive way while they can develop and become somebody important in life ’’
In an interview with asentv.tv, Mr Salahudeen Adeshina, member of the technical committee, Lagos State Basketball Association appraised the event in this words,
“From what you see Milo has done so well, They have been doing it for than 20 years. And, the Chairman of the Lagos State Basketball Association is there. This shows that Lagos State Basket Ball Association and Milo are in partnership”.