Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League: Warriors stun Customs to top Phase 2

first_imgRelatedPosts Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League gets resumption date Goyeto wins Coal City international half-marathon FAAC: FG, States, LGs share February allocation Air Warriors Babes shrugged off their underdog tag to stun Nigeria Customs 80-56 to claim top spot in the second phase of the 2019 Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Thursday. Customs had entered into the final day of the second phase of the league at the Abuja zone as clear favourites, having led the first phase and also claiming maximum points in the second. Coach Abdulrahman Mohammed of Nigeria Customs had boasted that his experienced team was superior to the relatively unknown Air Warriors and that his players would make a light work of their opponents. However, his opposite number, Samson Sotuminu, said he had a plan going into the crucial tie and if his players stuck to the plan, they would emerge victorious. And it seemed Sotuminu’s players played to instruction from the get go, as they dominated the game throughout with solid defence and fantastic recovery rate. Captain Kasham Emanuel, Murjanati Musa and sharp-shooter Chinwe Okah were practically unplayable and ruthless in both defence and attack. Okah finished as top performer with 25 points 17 rebounds and two assists, while Musa garnered 16 points, 13 rebounds and 1 assist. Abimbola Omodeji’s highest 12 points for Customs summed up the performance of the hitherto high-flying side, who boast of experienced and well-travelled players. Air Warriors finished the second phase with maximum 14 points from seven games, while Customs were runners-up with 13 points from seven games. Sotuminu told the News Agency of Nigeria after the game that his defence made the difference against a team tagged the favourites to top the table. He said: “I watched their games and realised that if we tidied our defence we would have a chance against them. “I told my girls that they were younger and more energetic, so they should use it to their advantage. “Yes, they are more experienced and have stars, but we were more determined and more energetic. “My girls were younger, so they played as if they had nothing to lose.” Air Warriors will now go into the third phase of the league with their heads held high and a possibility of making the National Conference stage of the league for the very first time.2019 Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League Abuja Centre Phase 2 Table S/No. Team P W L GF GA GD Points 1 Air Warriors Babes 7 7 0 503 201 +302 14 2 Nigeria Customs 7 6 1 473 260 +213 13 3 Plateau Rocks 7 5 2 344 288 +56 12 4 Black Gold Queens 7 4 3 370 329 +41 11 5 FCT Wings 7 3 4 337 374 – 37 10 6 Nasarawa Amazons 7 2 5 215 440 – 225 9 7 Kanem Queens 7 1 6 210 397 – 187 8 8 Benue Princesses 7 0 7 0 140 – 140 0 Tags: Air WarriorsChinwe OkahKasham EmanuelNigeria CustomsSamson SotuminuZenith Bank Women’s Basketball Leaguelast_img read more

The Latest: Palace chief backs Premier League restart plan

first_imgThe Latest: Palace chief backs Premier League restart plan ___Players from Spanish league clubs will be allowed to resume training on Monday as Spain eases some of the lockdown measures that had been in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.The government is allowing players to train individually at the clubs’ facilities while observing a series of safety measures pre-established by the league and local authorities.The league prepared a detailed four-phase training protocol that has already been distributed to clubs. Smaller group sessions and full squad sessions are likely to be allowed in the coming weeks.All players were expected to be tested for COVID-19 before resuming their training sessions. Associated Press Steve Parish offered public support for the league’s “Project Restart” plans after Brighton and West Ham expressed concerns about teams being forced to play their remaining games in neutral stadiums.The league is working with the government to find a safe way of players resuming group training and playing games by June at the earliest.Parish says “I want to complete the competition for reasons of sporting integrity. I want to crown Liverpool champions and give every other club a fair crack at the best league position they can achieve.”Palace is 11th in the 20-team standings with nine games remaining.Parish says “I certainly don’t want to have difficult conversations about curtailing, voiding and points per game. The ramifications of each are complex and could involve legal challenges that run on for months, if not years.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The chairman of Crystal Palace says the Premier League could face years of legal challenges if this season is not completed due to the coronavirus pandemic.center_img The Spanish league is expected to resume sometime in June.___Serie A soccer clubs are in limbo with several regions of Italy allowing players to begin practicing on an individual basis at training centers on Monday while the government has set a May 18 return to the practice field for teams.Sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora is seeking clarification from the government’s techno-scientific coronavirus commission.Emilia-Romagna, Campania, Lazio and Sardinia have each given the go-ahead for teams in their regions to begin individual training. Those regions contain eight Serie A clubs: Bologna, Sassuolo, Spal, Parma, Napoli, Lazio, Roma and Cagliari. May 3, 2020 Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.The government announced a week ago that individual athletes can resume training on Monday May 4, while teams can restart May 18.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more