At the end of the Milo Secondary School Basketball Conference Playoffs, 12 teams have made it to the National Finals billed for June 26-30 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium Lagos.
The 12 teams consist of six male and six female teams who are respective champions of their Conference Playoffs and the best losers.
The boys and girls category have been drawn into two Groups of three teams.
In the boys category, Government Secondary School, Karu, Abuja (Central Conference), Bishop Dimieari Grammar School, Ovom, Bayelsa State (Equatorial Conference) and Victorroti Private Secondary School, Idi-Aba Abeokuta, Ogun State of Western Conference have been drawn in Group A while Dutse Model International Secondary School, Jigawa (Savannah Conference), King Amachree Academy, Port Harcourt, Rivers State (Equatorial Conference), and Topfield College, Ajegunle, Apapa, Lagos (Western Conference) make up Group B.
In the girls category, St. Jude’s Girls Secondary, Amarata, Bayelsa (Equatorial), Queen Amina College, Sabo Tasha, Kaduna (Central Conference) and Government Girls Secondary School, Shekara, Kano have been drawn in Group A while Government Secondary School Numan, Adamawa (Savannah Conference), Akpur College Gboko, Benue State (Central Conference), and DavidHall College Obalende Lagos (Western Conference) are in Group B of the Milo National Finals.
MD Nestle Nigeria PLC Wassim El-Husseini outlined the successes of the Nestle Milo Secondary School Championship.
“I am particularly delighted that we are back after the Covid 19 pandemic. I want to start by commending every school that participated in this year’s tournament. I want to specially appreciate the schools that have made it to this finals.
“Nestle has been part of Nigeria’s society for over 60 years not only nourishing families with high quality food and beverages but living our company values and purposes day in day out. One of the ways we do this is by getting involved in grassroots sport development.”
Husseini continued: “Since the start of the Championship, we have had several success stories which encourage us to keep sponsoring the initiative. Alumni of the MILO Basketball Championship currently play in the male and female national teams.
“Nestle MILO Basketball Championship provides a platform to help kids imbibe values that set the right foundation for their future. Through sports, they learn grit, perseverance through hardship, courage, team work, self-belief and respect.”
In the same vein, Acting Chairman, National Collegiate Sports Foundation NCSF, Mr Iain Nelson commended their partners for their immense contribution towards the growth of grassroot basketball.
“I want to thank the managing director and staff of Nestle Nigeria PLC for sponsoring the Nigerian National U16 Boys team composed of mostly players selected from the 2019 Nestle Milo Secondary Schools Championship to represent Nigeria at the African Boys U16 Tournament in Cape Verde in 2019.
“The NCSF also commends our partners NSSF and NBBF for their partership that has contributed to the success of this event for the past 22 years. It is my believe that’s we will continue to join hands in ensuring the success of this event in the years ahead.
A record 10,350 Secondary Schools registered to compete at this years Milo Basketball Championship.