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    Benue, Niger win Nestle Milo Basketball Central Conference

    Government Secondary School, Gboko, Benue and Father O’Connel Science College, Minna, Niger State yesterday emerged champions in the female and male categories at the just concluded Central Conference of the 21st Nestle Milo Secondary Schools Basketball Championship.

    Government Secondary School, GSS, Gboko Benue State defeated Government Secondary School, Karu, Abuja 30 – 23 to emerge as winners in the female category.

    In the male event, Father O’Connel Science College, Minna defeated Christ Comprehensive College, Kaduna 35-18 to be crowned champions.

    Apart from tickets to compete in the grand finale in Lagos later this month, the victorious schools were given N100,000 cheque each, certificate of participation and branded buses for their schools.

    In his speech at the closing ceremony, the Branch Manager of Nestle Milo, North Central, Folabi Adeleye said the school games have grown beyond being just a sport to a passion that helps to discipline the body and mind.

    “While the game requires hard work, players also learn to exert their skills each time they participate in the games. In fact, young people have a lot to learn from playing basketball because it instills in them critical values such as discipline, determination, respect and teamwork,” he said.

    Reacting to his team’s defeat, Coach James Jatau of Christ Comprehensive College Kaduna admitted that his boys lost concentration during the match thereby losing to the defending champions.

    “It is a normal thing to win some and lose some. My boys just lost focus and the ones that had better listening ears won,” he stated.

    The victorious coach, Emmanuel Tanko of Father O’Connel Science College expectedly was joyful at defending the trophy.

    “I am so excited with this win. The journey has not been easy right from the first match. We have tried to be coordinated in our games and you can see that we kept on improving in every game. The team work gets better and that is why we are at the stage we are in now,” he said.

    With the conclusion of the zonal conferences, the national finals will hold from June 27 to July 4, 2019 at the National stadium in Lagos.


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