The Secretary General, Nigeria Customs Service sports unit, Samuel Onikeku is basking in euphoria of the basketball female team qualifying of the Lagos finals before the conclusion of the Savannah Conference.
Speaking with The SportsBay at the Indoors Sports Hall of the MKO Abiola Stadium during the just concluded Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League, Onikeku expressed his delight at the superior playing skills of the girls during the Savannah Conference despite losing to Air Warriors.
“I’m impressed with the team as we have lost just a match. We lost to a team that was better on the day of the match not a team that was better prepared. I can tell you that we are best prepared team anytime except we are not going to attend any competition.
“When we go to Lagos that is where the experience will count as we will play against Dolphins, First Bank. So I believe we will be among the first three.
“We qualified for the finals in Lagos after the first four matches and we are using the remaining matches to prepare for the finals. We played 21 matches and lost 2 matches meaning we won 19 matches, so I am totally satisfied. The matches we lost were insignificant to us,” he said.
Speaking in the same vein, the coach, Muhammed Abdulraham said the team was able to express themselves freely while targeting a continental ticket.
“We are able to express ourselves freely and come out with a win. We will take stock of what we have done so far, see where we need to make adjustment.
“Our target is to be among the two teams to represent the country at continental levels if we are not able to win the finals in Lagos, he said.
Also speaking, the captain of the team, Theresa Samuel expects the Customs Service to camp the team in preparation for the finals.