As Nestle Milo prepares for the zonal conference of the 21st Secondary School Basketball Championship, team Government Secondary School (GSS), Karu, Abuja, also get ready to take both boys and girls, to represent Abuja.
Both teams led by Head Coach Andre Achebe and his assistant Jennifer Oyegah, are very excited over the outcome.
“I am very grateful and thankful to God for this. We worked for it over the course of nine months, and the preparation is a long time coming.” Achebe said.
“FCT preliminaries was a difficult one, due to the fact that there is high basketball awareness and programmes.” He continued.
“Every school and individuals are working to sit us out, thus not easy for us to maintain being at the top. High intensity, patience and endurance, to mention a few helped us to get to where we are now”
“I want to use this medium to thank everyone, who has contributed passively and actively to the success so far.” Andre concluded.
The assistant coach Jennifer Oyegah, who joined last year, was overwhelmed with the achievement thus far and has this to say:
“It is becoming a back to back trend; GSS Karu has been so outstanding with the help of a great coach and the kids that are ready to always work hard and fight.” Jennifer said.
“It is really an amazing experience, because they keep on challenging other kids like them, who want to fight too!” She exclaimed.
“We had a lot of antagonism, but it is expected when one is on a path to success.” she concluded.
Going down memory lane, in 2014 all the boy’s team, during the zonal finals were disqualified, owing to the fact that it was glaring that they were physically fit, compared to other teams. The organizers doubted their ages at that level, thus their action. Since inception, most coaches just gather kids to attend games in a gamble to win, while few put in work on their kids to be successful. Andre Achebe changed the game with intense workout, time and effort.
Two years later, GSS Karu debuted the Milo final conference and made it to the finals, but got the silver medal, in Lagos.
In 2017, with a new set of boys, they got to the finals, two times consecutively and lost again at the finals.
However, in 2018, the boys didn’t qualify for the final conference, instead the girls took the mantle and won the Bronze medal.
It is with great pleasure to inform you that both teams would be attending the zonal conference of the Milo Secondary Championship once again.
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The Zonal championship would take place at Minna, the home of the back to back champions.