By Dapo Sotuminu, Lagos
The Lagos State Basketball Association, on Wednesday in Lagos articulated one of its promises to take the sport to another level in the state, when it held a press conference to reveal the rebranding of the association.
In this, a new association logo and mascot were launched at the Media Centre of the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
The unveiling of the new logo and mascot was done by the vice chairman of the association, an NBA legend, Olumide Oyedeji and supported by the association chairperson, Barbara Harper and other board members.
Aside from the new association logo and mascot, a new logo was launched for the state League, renamed Eko Basketball League.
The league has been scheduled to dunk off on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at the Molade Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, from 3pm. The league will run for three months.
According to Oyedeji, who doubles as the Technical Coordinator of the Eko Basketball League, “this time around we shall be having a city league for women’s players unlike what used to be the case, when only men plays in the Lagos City League.
“This is in line with the fulfillment of one of the promises of the Lagos State Basketball Association board on resumption, that, gender equality in the sport will be the prerogative for the board. We promised to do a lot of positive things that will help further development of basketball in Lagos State.”
Oyedeji noted that, the Eko League will run for three months, both in the men’s and women’s categories despite not having a clear cut title sponsors.
“We are here to continue from where the last board stopped. In the Eko League, there will be eight teams in the elite men’s category, while the women’s category would have seven teams. We decided to concentrate on the elite clubs in the two categories so as to make it attractive for sponsorships.
“The men’s teams include: Nigeria Customs, Police Batons, Raptors, Dodan Warriors, NAF Rockets, Hoops and Read, VGC Pitch Bulls and Flames of Lagos. While, the female teams include; First Bank, IGP Queens, MFM Basketball Club, First Deep Water, Raptors, Customs and IGP Queens.”
The Eko League Technical Coordinator stated that in the Men’s league, a total of 14 games will be played by each of the teams on home and away basis, while the women’s league would see them playing 10 games each on home and away basis.
For each of the categories, the top six teams at the end of the day will go into the quarter finals, with the top two will play in the first semi finals, and the third and fourth teams will play in the second semi final of the Men’s League.
“For the women’s league, it will be top three play-off to determine the winners.”
The Eko Basketball League dunks off officially on Sunday, June 23, 2019 with two games on the fixture.
The first game will be start at 3pm, while the second game of the day starts at 5pm at the Molade Okoya Thomas Hall, inside the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
For the Eko Basketball League, each of the teams will play two games every week at home and away basis. The home and away venues are the Indoor Sports Hall of the Rowe Park Yaba and the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium.
Olumide Oyedeji hinted that, the Eko Basketball League will be televised on Youtube in a dedicated Eko Basketball League station for everyone to watch live games wherever they are for effective coverage. The Youtube station will show games’ highlights. There will also be online streaming of the Eko Basketball League
An eight-member Technical Committee, with Mr. Bimbo Faniran as one of the coordinators was appointed to supervise the Eko Basketball League.