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West Africa Basketball Classics: Kwara Falcons, ASPAC, Gidi Giants, Swallows storm Lagos 


The first edition of the West Africa Basketball Classics will be rounded up in the commercial city of Lagos, Nigeria this weekend.

After a gruelling first and second phases of the event in Lome, Togo and Cotonou, Benin Republic, the Final 4 is billed to hold at the National Stadium, Surulere and is scheduled for June 5 – 7, 2024.

The qualified teams for the Final 4 are Gidi Giants, Nigeria, ASPAC Benin Republic, Kwara Falcons, Nigeria and Swallows of Togo. The first semi-final game will see ASPAC of Benin Republic up against Kwara Falcons of Nigeria at 3:00 pm while Gidi Giants also of Nigeria takes on Swallows of Togo today at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos. The third place and Final games comes up on 7th June.

According to the President of the WABC, Olumide Oyedeji, the Final 4 will be a spectacle to behold as plans are on ground to make it a showpiece. “We’re working round the clock to make the event a delight for basketball followers across the world. Of the six teams that kick started the WABC, GRA Braves of Ghana and Elan Cotton of Benin Republic will be absent in Lagos. However, we believe the Final 4 teams will live up to expectations.”

The event which is endorsed by FIBA Africa Zone 3 as a developmental programme will be graced by Captain’s of industries and basketball stakeholders.

Operations Director of WABC, Joseph Apu stated that all the qualified teams have confirmed their arrivals for the big event which is designed to provide competition for clubs in the Zone. “The WABC from it’s formation was designed to create activities for teams under the Zone thereby enabling them to have more games other than their national leagues. The teams that have participated in this first edition are already looking forward to the next one while many other clubs have indicated interest to join.”

Apu who is also the Secretary of FIBA Africa Zone 3 used the opportunity to thank the host federations for their support in making this first edition a reality.

“The national federations of Benin, Togo and Nigeria deserve our thanks for a successful first edition. From the onset, they gave their support on getting letters of introduction for the event with words of encouragement. We will work out modalities with them and the FIBA Africa Zone 3 for a better organization going forward.”

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