14th Edition of Milo Basketball Brand Reaches its Climax
Ex-international and former Nigeria Super Eagles goal keeper Peter Rufai and Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager Nestle, Dr Samuel Adeneka
All is set for the grand finale of the 14th Milo Secondary School Championship scheduled to hold in Lagos. This was disclosed at a press briefing organised by Nestle Nigeria Plc, the owners of Milo brand. The annual competition which is open to every secondary school in Nigeria is aimed at discovering and nurturing the sporting skills of future champions.
Managing director and chief executive of Nestle Nigeria, Martin Woolnough, in his opening remark at the briefing, stated the contribution of Milo in basketball development in Nigeria and how the tournament has improved in its quest of making and inculcating the spirit of champions in the lives of children in Nigeria.
“I am particularly delighted that this year’s championship has witnessed tremendous improvement with about 5000 schools participating. The geographic scope of the regional conference played in June was also expanded to include Asaba, Akure, Lokoja and Ilorin. The improvement reflects the brand’s ambition to give more development of basketball in Nigeria. Once again, Milo has given impetus to the dreams of these young champions.”
President f Nigeria School sport federation, Mallam Ibrahim Muhammad in his address urged the young champions to display the spirit of sportsmanship and see the opportunity provided by the Nestle Nigeria Plc as an epitome of co-existence of sport, academics and excellence. He also appreciated the thoughtfulness and magnanimity of Nestle Nigeria for making each edition memorable and glamorous.
Battle for the coveted cup will see twelve teams which emerged champions in the four conferences nationwide slug it out at the Indoor Sports hall of the National stadium, Surulere, Lagos between 6th and 11th of August. The first place winners (male and female category) will receive a sum of N 150, 000 each, while the second and third place teams will get N 120, 000 and N100, 000 respectively. A special basketball camp will also be organized by the National Basketball federation for the best 50 players of the tournament which will be held between 12 and 14th of August.
Early editions of the competition had champions such as Olumide Oyedeji, captain of the present Olympic team of Nigeria and Chukwudiebere Maduabun who presently plays for Denver nuggets in the NBA.