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Dolphins embark on rebuilding process

Wale Aboderin

High-flying Zenith Basketball League side, Dolphins have embarked on a rebuilding process this season, says club chairman, Mr. Wale Aboderin.

The team began the first phase of the league in Abuja on a good note, beating  Coal City Queens 78-43 in their opening game of the season. They lost 48-41 to First Bank.

“If you noticed, out of the 17 players we registered, nine or 10 are new. My new players started our first game (against Coal City Queens) and hopefully they are gaining confidence.

“However, 2014 is a rebuilding year for us. I am not expecting much and whatever my girls produce will be a fair account of us,” he said.

On new teams in the league, Aboderin added, “The league started as usual and we don’t really know what to expect. We have some very weak teams that shouldn’t be in the league but I think it’s the only way to be able to get a lot of girls across the country to play. So, we have to accept that.

League sponsors Zenith Bank sealed a new N90m three-year deal with N25m as sponsorship money for this season while the next two seasons would have N30m and N35m respectively as sponsorship money.

But Aboderin opined that it would have been better if it was evenly spread across the three years.

He said, “They could have done it N30m per year for three years, starting from 2014. When we were 10 teams, we were collectingN200, 000 subsidy. Now we are 16 teams with increased money and we are collecting N250, 000 subsidy.

“Considering the rate of inflation in about 10 years, it’s actually a minus. Zenith Bank can do a lot more. Don’t get me wrong; I am very happy that some organisation is sponsoring basketball but they can do more than what they are doing right now.”

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