Abia State Hosts Inaugural South East Basketball Tournament: A New Dawn for Sports Development"

Abia State Hosts Inaugural South East Basketball Tournament: A New Dawn for Sports Development”

by Chidera Perpetual


In a groundbreaking move for sports enthusiasts in the South East region of Nigeria, the much-anticipated South East basketball tournament has kicked off in the vibrant city of Umuahia, Abia State. With the resounding declaration by the state’s Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Nwaobilor Ananaba, the competition commenced amidst an air of excitement and anticipation.

Emphasizing the unwavering commitment of the current administration led by Governor Alex Otti to nurture budding talents in sports, Ananaba highlighted the strategic vision to cultivate a new generation of skilled athletes who could proudly represent Abia State on both national and international platforms. This event marks a significant milestone as it is the inaugural hosting of the South East basketball tournament in Abia State, serving as a testament to Governor Otti’s dedicated efforts in promoting sports within the region.

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Expressing gratitude to Governor Otti for his steadfast support towards sports development, Ananaba also acknowledged the invaluable contributions of the federal government in advancing the sports agenda. He underscored the overarching objectives of the tournament, emphasizing its pivotal role in grassroots basketball development, revitalizing the sports landscape in Abia State, and positioning the state as a future sports destination.

“This is just the beginning,” Ananaba affirmed, outlining the ambitious plans to galvanize sports activities across Abia State. He underscored the importance of nurturing and training athletes to excel not only in representing the state but also in leveraging sports as a lucrative business venture.


In an electrifying opening match, the Abia Stars Basketball team showcased their prowess on the court by clinching a convincing victory over their counterparts, the Anambra Stars Basketball team, with a remarkable scoreline of 50/16 points.

The commencement of the South East basketball tournament heralds a new era of opportunities for aspiring athletes, underscoring Abia State’s commitment to fostering talent development and sports excellence. As the tournament unfolds, it is poised to serve as a springboard for nurturing future champions and elevating the stature of Abia State in the realm of sports.

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