The Edo Beads Basketball team which has qualified in the national premier league has commended the Edo State Government for the investments in sports development in the state.
Speaking during a courtesy call at the government house in Benin City, the coach of the Edo Beads Basketball team, Victor Umoru who led a delegation of basketball players and other coaches told the Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon Comrade Philip Shaibu that for the past 23 years the basketball team has not been in any of the national league.
According to him, there has been no deliberate attempt by past administrations to improve the development of sports until this present administration came into power.
“We are very grateful that sports in the state have received massive facelift which has contributed to the impressive performance of the basketball team as well as hosting various sporting events including the hand ball federation tournament in the state recently.
“Edo State has also made significant impact in sports with the hosting of the 2020 national sports festival in the state which attracted participants from across the country.
“We have come to show our appreciation to the state government through the Deputy Governor and the chairman of the basketball association, Mr. Michael Gaius-Obaseki for giving us this great opportunity to show cases our talents,” he noted.
The Coach further disclosed that the Edo Beads Basketball team played eleven games and won seven, lost four, adding that the “team placed 3rd in our conference. We are looking forward to better premier league come next season.
While making a presentation of Edo Beads Jersey to the sport loving Deputy Governor, the coach thanked the state government for repositioning sports and providing world class facilities for sports in the state.
In his remarks, the Deputy Governor reassured the commitment of the state government towards the development of sports, noting that the state is determined to reclaim its lost glory in sports in the country.
“The state will continue to use sports as means of creating jobs for the teeming youths of the state and engaging them to shun vices such as crime.