AMK Foundation takes basketball to Kano
By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
Attention will shift to the Bayero University Kano, Old Site Basketball Arena between Monday, November 16 and Saturday, 21 of same month for this year’s edition of Ahmadu Musa Kida Basketball Foundation Tournament.
According to the format agreed during the official draws and pre-match meeting, the group stage games will be played in a round robin format with the best two teams qualifying for the semi-finals.
The competition will feature eight teams already divided into two groups.
Explaining the reason behind the competition, the sponsor who also doubles as the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Engr Musa Kida said this was his own humble contribution to basketball development in the North West.
“My foundation has over the years embarked on using basketball as a tool to reach out to Nigerian youth in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria.
“We have organized competitions between universities, full court style of basketball amongst amateur teams in the zones as well as being the pioneer of 3×3 basketball format in Nigeria and the West African sub-region.”
“We had many programmes lined up for this year which we were to organize with but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we could not hold these events. We are excited that we have been able to finalise the necessary details and give teams and players in the North West an opportunity to play basketball and showcase their talents,” he said.
Kabuga Warriors, Bukavu Blinks, Tudun Wada Warriors and Kofarmata Dragons will face each other in Group A, while Eleventors, Ahmadiyyah College, M.T.M Thunders and Paki Warriors will battle for the two automatic tickets in Group B.
Kida assured that the event will be held in strict adherence to the Covid-19 guidelines as directed by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).