Coach Adeka Daudu, instructor at the Mark d’ Ball Children’s Basketball Clinic, says Nigeria will soon be a country to be reckoned with in the game of basketball.
Daudu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday at the ongoing Mark d’ Ball Basketball Competition in Otukpo that he was impressed at the level of the adaptation level of the children to basketball.
He said that the future was bright for the sport in the country if the children remained properly guided and nurtured.
“There is awesome future for Nigeria’s basketball with what is going on here; these are supposed to be the product of years to come.
“These kids can also become senators and governors without using basketball as careers. So, we are trying to put everything together to give them clean and good life.
“We are using this platform to teach them to aspire to become great people in future,” Daudu said.
Daudu, who is also the Head Coach of the National U-17 Female Basketball Team, told NAN that a system had been established to monitor the development of children in the sport.
“We have a system through the Ada Mark Foundation, where we check the development of these kids.
“We are trying to use this forum to groom them in terms of how good they are and we will assess them in the next camp, coming up in February in Abuja,” he said.
The Mark d’ Ball instructor added that children with outstanding performance at the Otukpo clinic would be invited to the Abuja camp for further development.
He said that prizes would be given to the `Most Dedicated’, `Most Promising’ and `Best Behaved Players’ as part of the initiative toward motivating them in the tasks ahead.
Joy Yavaku, a participant at the clinic said she it was her intention to achieve greatness through basketball.
The clinic which is part of the 2015 Mark d’ ball event, began on Dec. 27 and will end on Dec. 30.
Source : Gist Arena