The Paramount Leader of Doma, HRH Andoma of Doma, Alhaji Ahmadu Aliyu Oga Onawo, has endorsed the 2022 Mark D Ball Basketball Championship.
The championship received the blessings of the Royal Father when the Local Organising Committee (LOC), paid him a courtesy visit over the weekend at his palace in Doma, Nasarawa State.
An elated Andoma of Doma showered encomiums on members of the LOC for taking the bull by the horn to salvage the game from fighting administrators, especially those who have failed to administer the game properly.
“I feel so happy to hear that Mark D Ball Basketball Championship is going to happen this year.
“It shows that you people have decided to leave those fighting over power in their fight to rescue the game.
“The good news is before they finished fighting, the game would have gotten to an enviable height.
“I am in support of Mark D Ball and we are going to seek sponsors for the championship.
“I will advise you to continue in this path of developing basketball and stay away from those fighting for their selfish interest,” the Royal Father stated.
Earlier, the Chairman of the LOC, Igoche Mark, said they were in the Palace to inform him of their plans for basketball and seek his blessings for the Mark D Ball championship.
“Your Royal Highness Sir, as a stakeholder in the game, we are here to tell you of our plans for basketball and also seek your blessings for Mark D Ball Championship.
“Talents are scattered everywhere in the country, but the leadership tussle and maladministration of the game are the factors that have affected the game negatively, and that is what we are correcting at the moment.
“We don’t want the game to suffer anymore,” Mark stated.
The Mark D Ball Basketball Championship will dunk off at the MKO Abiola Stadium on January 15, 2022.