Vanguard (Lagos)

21 December 2012

Nigeria, Three Other Countries for Ochei Wheelchair Basketball Tourney

Lagos — Nigeria and three other West African nations will vie for honours at the 2nd Victor Ochei International Wheelchair Basketball Championship scheduled for February 2013 in Lagos.

Victor Anunsa, Secretary, Wheelchair Basketball and Amputee Football Federation of Nigeria, said on Friday in Lagos that the other countries were Togo, Benin Republic and Ghana.

Anunsa said that the competition, sponsored by Ochei, the Speaker, Delta House of Assembly, was scheduled for between Feb. 18 and Feb. 23, 2013 to coincide with the birthday celebration of the sponsor.

"The closing ceremony of the competition is fixed for the birthday of the sponsor, who is also the Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly.

"The closing ceremony was purposely fixed to coincide with his birthday to create a medium to invite his friends in celebration of the event and his birthday," Anunsa said.

The secretary said that the sponsor has provided accommodation and feeding for the participants.

According to him, a cash prize of N5 million would be shared amongst the first, second and third-place winners at the competition.

"The champion will receive N2.5 million, the runners-up, N1.5 million and the third place winner, N1 million," he said.

Anunsa added that the late Alhaja Ajoke Aishat Afolabi Foundation would also donate wheelchairs, equipped with air pumps and repair tools, to exceptional players at the competition.

He said that the equipment would each be donated to the Most Valuable male and female players, the best male and female teams, as well as the invited international teams. (NAN)

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