By; AYO OJEDOKUN Lagos
Despite being the first basketball team from the South East geopolitical zone of the country to qualify for the prestigious Nigerian Premier Basketball League,, Anambra Flames, may not take part in the competition when it dunks off off a few days from now, due to paucity of funds.
Coach of the club, Ifeanyi Modo, who lamented the plight of the team, said the club will need the support of personalities and corporate entities from the zone to keep the dream of playing at NBPL alive.
According to him, the recent promotion of the club from Division One to the prestigious league came at a huge sacrifice from the players, officials and management crew.
He said: “We have some challenges and I really need to let people know, especially people from the South East zone, and Anambra particularly. Our club, Anambra Flames is the first basketball team from the South East to qualify for the premier basketball league in Nigeria and it would be shameful if they fail to participate in the league due to lack of funds.
“Our Director, Paul Ejike Medos, a retired international basketball player from Anambra State has been trying, bearing the financial burden of the club alone which he has fought to bring to the premiership , but there is little only one man can do, which is why we need the support of everyone at this time”, he stressed.
On plans by the club to field quality players that will challenge for honours in the league, he gave assurance that efforts are been made to beef up the team ahead of the championship.
“We hope to sign new players and get better facilities for their training , and hopefully these would happen when the team holds its training and recruitment camp in the south east zone to seek fresh and talented players who will make the team.
“This is a great opportunity to develop the game o basketball in the south east zone and a chance to engage the youths meaningfully, and every one of us, must come to support Anambra Flames. Something needs to be done and urgently too, if this dream will continue”, he concluded.
Anambra Flames won three out of the five matches they played during the competition which held in Ilorin, Kwara State, and with the recent promotion , would play alongside other professional clubs in the Atlantic Conference.