By Esther Egbe
The Eko Basketball League will be new name of the elite basketball competition for teams resident in the state, National Daily learnt.
The board of the Lagos State Basketball Association led by Ms Barbara Harper announced annouced this today to newsmen and basketball stakeholders at the Media Centre of the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
“In our quest for excellence and our vision to take basketball to a new level in Lagos, we desided its was time to rejuvinate and rebrand our City League which was has been off since 2016,” Harper said.
“The city league is one the programmes we listed during our inaugural Annual General meeting in December. Now its execution time”.
The regular League which commences at the Molade Okoya Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium this Sunday 23rd, June 2019 with 2 games at 3pm and 5pm and will run every weekend till August, while the Playoffs and final will take place in September.
LSSBA Vice Chairman and Technical Coordinator of the Eko League, former Nigeria Captain Olumide Oyedeji inaugurated the Eko league Coordinating Committee, the team tasked with the efficient running of the league comprising of representatives of the various components of the administration of the game.
Technical commissioners , Refrees, statisticians and the media. The appointees include Adesina Salawu, John Faniran, Simon Evbuomwan, Akeem Abdulsalam, Adeleke Badmus and Oluwafemi Adefeso.
Participating teams in this year’s league include Hoops & Read, Dodan Warriors, Police Baton, Flames, Customs, NAF Rockets, Raptors and VGC Pitbulls. While First Bank leads the way in te women’s cadre, with First Deepwater, Dolphins, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Basketball club, Raptors, Inspector General of Police Queens and Customs Basketball club all competing for the crown.