Government Secondary School, Karu, Abuja, and Government Secondary School, Numan, Ada mawa, emerged regional champions in the male and female categories respectively at the Central Conference of the 19th Nestle Milo Secondary School Basketball Championship, which took place at the indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Abuja from April 27 to May 4.
The two schools are now the two finalists to represent the Central Conference at the national finals in Lagos.
Government Secondary School, Karu, defeated General Murtala Mohammed College, Yola, Adamawa, 24-10 to lift the male trophy as well as the N100,000 cash prize.
In the female category, Government Secondary School, Numan, earned themselves a spot in the national finals after a hard-fought 20-13 win over Government Secondary School, Wuse, Abuja. The Adamawa school also walked away with a trophy and N100,000.
Runners-up, General Murtala Mohammed, College and GSS, Wuse, took home N70,000 each in the male and female categories respectively. Taraba State was not left out of the celebrations as YAGAI Academy, Jalingo, male and female teams received N50,000 each for the male and female categories respectively.
All the winners and two best losers from the conference stages in male and female events will progress to the national finals billed for June 10 to 17 in Lagos.
Nicknamed ‘Williano’ by his teammates, 15-year-old Olayinka Williams of GSS, Karu, who was named the male Most Valuable Player, was ecstatic about his school’s feat.
“I’m privileged to be named the MVP in the boys’ category and also help my team get a chance to battle for the championship title at the National Finals. I am grateful to Nestle for bringing Milo basketball championship to my school, as well as giving me the opportunity to nurture my talent,” he stated.
Female MVP, 15-year-old Victor Marvelous, said “All the life skills and life lessons I learnt here will definitely stay with me long after the competition.”
In his address, The Branch Manager, North Central, Nestlé Nigeria Plc, Afolabi Adeleye, reaffirmed Milo’s support for basketball at the grassroots.
“For 19 consecutive years, Milo has used sports as a metaphor to teach school children important life skills such as determination, confidence, discipline, teamwork and respect. As such, Nestle remains committed to sustaining this development in the years to come,” Adeleye said.
Representing the Director of the Secondary Education Board, Abuja at the event, Victoria George, Head of Department at the Secondary Education Board, Abuja, lauded Nestle for organising the competition for the past 19 years.
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