Abuja - The head coach of the national basketball team, D’Tigers, Ayo Bakare, on Sunday commended the national team captain, Olumide Oyedeji, for his contributions to the development of basketball through his summer camp.
Bakare said in Lagos that Oyedeji’s selfless efforts were worthy of praises as the 14th edition of the camp ended at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Complex, Yaba.
According to him, Oyedeji deserves commendation for his role in developing basketball, especially for children within the ages of four to 18.
"As a member of the national team, his contributions spanned over 18-years of commitment as a junior player and also matured to the senior team.
"He is, indeed, a worthy ambassador of the game. I, therefore, call on the Nigerian Basketball Federation to support this camp with junior competitions of the various age grades.
"For it is through this means that these children can test and refine their skills on a regular basis, rather than wait till next year’s camp,’’ Bakare said.
After a six-day camp, which started Sept. 9, no fewer than 200 children from Lagos, Ibadan and Ogun suburbs graced the occasion.
The camp also had some of the best youth coaches in the country as well as top-class coaches from the Nigerian Premier Basketball League who also took part in the camp.
Oluyole Warriors of Ibadan Head Coach, Yemi Abiodun, and Dodan Warriors Assistant Coach, Dosu Mensah, tutored the participants on the fundamentals of basketball.
According to Oyedeji, this year’s edition is a success and my joy of seeing more editions is definitely positive.
"I was delighted about this year’s edition, and we had a high number of kids that showed passion for the game.
"We also tutored them about the game, and urged them to take their education serious for a successful future,’’ he said.
No fewer than 12 campers were picked regardless of their age and sex as the Olumide Oyedeji’s Basketball Camp All-Star team.
The camp ended with an All-Stars’ game and an award ceremony.
The outstanding kids are: Bassey Charles, Banji Mustapha Nwolisa Chiamaka, Badmus Adeola Promise Igbanu, Boluwatife Faniran, Victory Mbagwu, Seun Mustapha, Iroh Gabriel, Onasanwo Dayo, Andy Solomon and Jonathan Emeka.
All the kids went home with new kits, medals and certificates.
Individual awards were also given to the best campers based on age grade and other categories.
The first team award for below age nine was won by Joseph Aigbogun; ages 10 to12 went to Mustapha Oluwaseun; while Muyiwa Kehinde, clinched that of ages 13 to 14.
Other winners are: ages 15 to 16 -Victory Mbagwu; 17 to 18 - Banji Mustapha, while Omotoye Richard, won the Sportsmanship Award.
Charles Bassey 6 ft. 3 inches 14-years-old went home with the most promising talent and the most valuable player in the 2013 camp.