Serving senior and retired basketball players in Cross River State have been drafted to train students who have been registered to participate in the 19th edition of Nestle Milo Championship for the preliminaries of the Nigerian secondary schools holding at the U.J Esuene stadium in Calabar, Cross Rivers State.
Chairman of the state Sports Council, Orok Duke said the state government gave its nod so that the state could make a mark in the game.
He disclosed that Festus Oduah, a retired basketball coach, was brought in to take charge of the state contingent at the championship.
Duke said: “When it involves so many students we actually deploy senior players to train them. Of course, this is the 19th edition and we are ready.”
Duke, who said there were no fewer than 30 schools who were taking part in the competition, maintained that holding the basketball championship now does not affect school programmes. “The timing is good because it has not conflicted with the school time table in terms of running exams and at the same time having the championship. Our programme is that after the Ayade U-15 football tournament we will have the basketball championship.