Fresh of a successful campaign with British top side the London Lions, captain of the Nigerian Senior Men’s basketball team Olumide Oyedeji has launched an exciting new nationwide initiative that will provide the platform for student-athletes to showcase their talent while at the same time encouraging them to engage with educational opportunities.
The Olumide Oyedeji Intercollegiate Basketball Championship main task will be to motivate, enthuse and inspire young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport which will help revive competitive sport at the higher education level. The tournament will create a new sports structure for selected schools initially, culminating in an inaugural national final to be held on the 26th of September. The competition is a key part of the Olumide Oyedeji Foundation that gives back to the community and maximises the sporting opportunities available to the youth.
Eight Schools will compete against each other in two separate groups that will lead to the knockout phase in the later round. Group A will consist of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ahmadu Bello University, Niger state College of Education and Lagos State Polytechnic. While Group B will host Federal University of Technology Minna, University of Lagos, Auchi Polytechnic and Federal College of Education (Technical) Gombe.
The tournament will run from September 19 to 27 at the Mobolaji Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium.