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Monday, 24 March 2014

Nigeria Wheelchair Basketball 2014 Ends in Grand Style

The 3rd Victor Ochei International Wheelchair Basketball Tournament held between the 19th – 22nd February 2014 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos and drew participations from 27 States of the Federation as well as National Teams of Ghana, Liberia and Benin. Continue..



Words could not fully express enough gratitude to the former Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Victor Ochei, her Grand Patron who has been the force behind the rejuvenation of Wheelchair Basketball in Nigeria. 

The Nigeria Wheelchair Basketball Federation through her President, Hon Olopade described him (Oche) as God-Sent to the revival of Wheelchair Basketball in Nigeria as his individual efforts and support has witnessed the birth of a privately sponsored International Basketball that the entire nation just witnessed, which the Federation thought wisely to name after this noble Nigeria with the love of the physically challenged at heart. 
 
Mr. Olopade said that Hon. Victor Ochei never thought about it twice before accepting to take up the position of her Grand Patron and Major Supporter and Number 1 fan of the Nigeria Wheelchair Basketball and further backed it up with actions that gave birth to the First-of-its-kind Annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in Nigeria which he Single-handedly sponsored.
 
Oyo State wheelchair basketball team emerged the champion of the 3rd Victor Ochei International Wheelchair Basketball Championship. The Oluyole Boys defeated Edo State team in the final 51-12 points while Delta State defeated Lagos State 21-14 points to place third. For their effort, Oyo State got the sum of N1.5million while Edo smiled home with N1million. Third-placed Delta collected N500, 000. Delta State female team won the female event having defeated Lagos in the final, while Edo State defeated Imo to place third.
 
The Most Valuable Player awards in both male and female categories went to a couple Musbau and Foluke Shittu. While Musbau represented Delta State, his wife Foluke played for the Oyo female team.
 
The female MVP went home with N100, 000 and $500, while the male MVP got N250, 000 and $1,000, courtesy of the Speaker of the former Delta State House of Assembly and sponsor of the championship, Honourable Victor Ochei.

Excerpts of the 3rd Victor Ochei International Wheelchair Basketball Tournament can be viewed on the Flickr link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nwbf-ng/
 
The organizers thanked corporate organizations that also supported and co-sponsored the 3rd Victor Ochei International Wheelchair Basketball Tournament like Heritage Bank Plc, Ecobank Plc, Legend Interiors, Davnoutch Ltd & Peculiar Ltd.

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