TEN teams have qualified from the qualifying rounds at the University of Lagos, UNILAG, centre in the maiden edition of Ahmadu Musa Kida, AMK, Foundation/Nigeria Universities Games, NUGA, Annual 3-Aside Basketball Tournament 2017.
Adamu Ahmed, NUGA Basketball chairman, made this known to newsmen in Kaduna on Monday, February 20.
Ahmed said that 10 more teams would qualify from the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria qualifiers which would commence on Friday, February 24.
According to him, 10 more teams will qualify from Zaria to join those from Lagos at the final is billed for Abuja from March 2 to 4.
“It was a brilliant outing; I must commend all the teams that participated for their wonderful performances. With what I am seeing, Nigeria will be well represented when the winner final emerges from Abuja to compete in the World Universities Tournament.
“The officiating has also improved tremendously, we are seeing Nigeria going higher as a result of this competition,” he said.
Ahmed praised the AMK Foundation for keeping faith with NUGA Basketball in bankrolling the competition, while assuring that all those that would play in the final would be published after those that qualify from Zaria emerged at the weekend.
The AMK Foundation is a non-profit charity organisation with interest in youths empowerment through sports.
Musa Ahmadu Kida, president of the foundation, is a former senior National Basketball player and Board member of the Nigeria Basketball Federation. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the ABU Basketball Foundation.
Ahmed is one time National Basketball team player and chairman, Technical Committee of the Nigeria Basketball Federation.
The AMK Foundation has for two years running been the sole sponsor of the West Africa 3-Aside basketball tournament.
— Feb 21, 2017 @ 14:30 GMT