The proprietor of Mark Mentors Basketball Club, Igoche Mark has said his focus is to revive the dead domestic basketball in Nigeria by organizing championships across the nation.
Mark made this known to newsmen on Saturday at the ongoing Sarkin Daji Foundation Basketball Tournament in Doma, Nasarawa state organised by Mo Foundation.
“Let me again categorically state our resolve in the New Face of Basketball is to revive the already dead domestic basketball in Nigeria.
“Our focus is to develop the game that was killed because of maladministration; and I commend Mohammed Shehu for kick starting the revival.” Mark stated.
In his response, the Founder Mo Foundation, Mohammed Shehu thanked Mark Igoche for bringing like minds who are determined to rescue basketball in Nigeria.
“I want to thank Mark Igoche for bringing people with same interest with the sole aim of rescuing basketball. Basketball that has been functional before is now dead, but we are determined to rescue the game.
“Also, we cannot talk about this tournament without Mark who has been part of the basketball progress being witnessed today in Doma land. His Mark D Ball pattern is what I am replicating.” Shehu stated.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Sports, Nasarawa state, Hon.Lucky Isaac Targima said basketball is one of the game the state government is going to focus its attention on, as he asked citizens of the state to support the game.
Meanwhile, The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the Mark D Ball Basketball Championship, has announced that the competition will now begin on January 15.
The championship was billed to begin on January 8, 2022, but a statement by the Secretary of the LOC, Umar Abdullahi, on Thursday, announced a slight change in the commencement date of the Championship.
“This development was taken by the LOC due to requests from some of the participating teams, who pleaded for time.
“Consequently, the Women Championship originally slated to commence on January 8, 2022, will now dunk off on January 15 and end on January 22, while the Men’s Championship will commence on January 22 and run for 3 Months,” the statement read in part.
A total of 24 teams (12 women’s and 12 men’s basketball teams) will be competing for honours in the championship to be held at the Indoor Basketball Hall of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
The tournament is part of stakeholders’ efforts geared towards resurrecting the domestic basketball leagues in 2022.