The maiden edition of the Noah Dallaji Legacy U-17 Basketball Tournament is set to dunk off from August 8th to 14th, 2021 in the ancient city of Kano.
The tournament which is being sponsored by African Children Talents Discovery Foundation (ACTDF) will have seven states from the three political zones such as Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe, Kwara, Plateau and Sokoto participating in the week-long event.
According to the ACTDF president, Engr Noah Dallaji, the Foundation was set up as a platform for young Africans to help their careers and in turn, reduce the menace of crimes crippling society.
He discovered that talents abound in Africa and Nigeria in particular adding that these talents need to be given opportunities to be able to blossom their careers.
He said, “In 2020, the first ACTDF sporting programme was organised in Bauchi where football stars across the continent gathered to encourage young talented players in and the second edition of the event came up this year that lit up Bauchi State as the stadium was filled up to the brim for the first time in so many years for a sporting event.
“From the event, we have pencilled down seven talents identified and tracking their records and by the grace of God, they will soon join different academies abroad to further boost their careers. That’s a platform we can give them so that we can young people that can represent this country at a higher level. In doing that we believe we are incorporating the young people and giving them life and that is what we hope to achieve with this Basketball event in Kano.
Also speaking, former captain of Nigeria senior Basketball national team, Olumide Oyedeji said “The competition is for those basketballers under the age of 17 because it is strictly for talents discovery. Seven states are participating in this edition.
“It involves states from the three geo-political zones in the north. Also, during this program, there will be a mentorship program where we will be having professionals to educate the talents on life after their basketball careers. This will help the players to be developed mentally, socially and emotionally. There will also be training for the coaches as well,” he concluded.