Hon. Fatai Adekunle Ayoola, Executive Chairman, Ajeromi-Ifelodun LGA yesterday promised to partner and work with National Team Basketball players of Ajegunle origin and some coaches who started playing the game at the famous Nigeria Navy Basketball court, to ensure and fashion out a proper developmental programme for the game of basketball in Ajegunle community, Lagos State.
This he said through his representative and SA, Media and Sports, McAnthony Anaelechukwu during the one day Children’s Day Basketball Camp sponsored by Uju Ugoka, who plays with D’ Tigress, the Nigerian Female Basketball team.
The event held at the Nigeria Navy Basketball court Monday, May 27, 2019 to celebrate this year’s Children’s Day had in attendance, dignitaries from the Lagos State Basketball Association, D’ Tigers and the D’ Tigress players who came to show support to Uju Ugoka’s pet project.
The Roche Vendee Basketball Club star was in Ajegunle alongside her friends to give back to the community that gave her the stage to rise in the dunk and slam game.
“This was not the place we used to know. In those days, you see a lot of people waiting for set” she began.
She lamented the poor state of the game in a community where basketball once competed favourably with the game of football.
“I decided to come back here to give back with my colleagues and ensure the game will once more attract kids from our schools and take them off the streets.”
When told about the plans and construction of facilities the Council boss is making in ensuring the game of Basketball prospers in Ajegunle, Uju was quick to add that she will give her support in any capacity to bring back the lost glory.
Hon. Ayoola also highlighted the fact that they would want to make Uju Ugoka the face of Basketball in the community and take it to an enviable height while also promising to have constant programmes and competitions amongst kids from age 5 – 12 in both the public and private schools.
“We are going to construct more sporting facilities and more basketball courts to add to the ones we have so as to give our kids the opportunity to be discovered and in no distant time, take the world by storm,” Hon. Ayoola said.
The camp which had kids drawn from schools in Ajeromi-Ifelodun saw little kids learn the rudiments of the game as the All-stars also took time out to test their skills against each other.