Lagos - Abubakar Usman, Kano Pillars Basketball Club
shooting guard, has been nominated by FIBA Africa among the best 12 players
currently competing in its ongoing Champions Club Cup (ACCC) in Egypt.
Usman scores 18 points per game and recently recorded the
highest point by any player in a game with 34 points in his team’s 91-81
victory over Algeria’s Groupement Sportif des Pétroliers.
Usman has over the years been rated as the best player in
the domestic league, the DSTv Basketball Men’s League, claiming four times
unrivalled Most Valuable Players award.
As Kano Pillars are set to engage Association Sportive de
Salé of Morrocco for the third place bronze medal, Usman’s exploits will
certainly not go unnoticed.
A victory for the Pillars in the third place match will go
well to celebrate Nigeria’s success in the competition.
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They will be following the footsteps of First Bank of Lagos
achievement in the female version of the competition earlier in November in
Meanwhile, in a report monitored on Facebook some basketball
fans in Lagos have continued to support them with prayers to pick the bronze
Ajibared Bello, a board member of the Nigeria Basketball
Federation (NBBF), said the team had done well and should crown their efforts
with bronze medal.
He also said that Usman had been fantastic in the
competition and that he had led the team exceptionally well.
Femi Adefeso, a sports analyst, described Usman’s exploits
as awesome and wished the team success.
“Usman is a legend, he gives so much to the team and as a
result he is one of the best, his being one of the best in the competition has
not come as a surprise,’’ Adefeso said.
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