FCT Team Shines At Schools Basket Milo Championship

By: Kabiru Musa & Sarah Odugbo

The representatives of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), in the ongoing Milo-sponsored National Basketball Schools Competition taking place at the Indoor Hall, National Stadium Lagos, Government Secondary School, Karu dominated in both Girls and Boys categories of the Basketball Championship.

In the opening match of the Girls categories, the FCT Team displayed high-level experience of the game by beating their Lagos opponent from TopField College with 24 points to 14 points, while in the Boys categories, FCT Team upset Bayelsa Team with 41 points to 27 points respectively.

To continue to use sport as a vehicle for cultural bond and lighten up the Milo Basketball events, Day- 3 of the National Finals Championship was tagged VIBES Day, which involved all the participating Teams and States featuring activities like a Basket Clinic, Mentorship, Cultural display as well as presentation of Artifacts to encourage cultural integration and develop the participant’s interest in the culture of the various ethnic groups.

FCT Team again displayed its rich Gbagyi cultural Dance and Artifacts to emerge the First runners up, winning a Trophy.

As the match enters its Fifth day, the FCT Team Girls categories triumph over Oyo Team with 21 points to 15 points to qualify FCT for the semi-finals while FCT Team Boys categories thrashed Team Adamawa with 44 points to 33 points to also qualify for the semi-finals.

The Afternoon session witnessed FCT Team Girls categories emerge with 49 points against its Delta Team with 35 points to qualify for the Finals which is scheduled for July 7th, 2023.

Speaking on the steady victories of the FCT Teams, the Director of Sports Division of the Education Secretariat, Mallam Adamu Hashimu expressed his appreciation to God for making it possible for the FCT teams to reach Finals.

He said, FCT Team will intensify their game efforts to bring the Trophy back to FCT Administration.

He commended the Students, who, he described as patriotic, for the displayed commitment towards the game without compromising the rules guiding the games.

He explained that the VIBES Day added to the ongoing Nestle Milo Basketball Championship Finals is a socio-cultural aspect of the tournament where every state showcases its cultural heritage to the other state for greater synergy among States.