Zenith Basketball League side, IGP Queens, believe that self-belief and determination would be important in their bid to play continental basketball next season.
This season, the police team, with a relatively young team, won their first three games before they fell to Sunshine Angels 63-61 on Day 6 of the first phase of the competition in Abuja.
Coach Abraham Ogaba is happy that the league has given opportunities to up-and-coming players to showcase their talent.
He said despite the relative dominance of the big teams, First Deepwater, First Bank and Dolphins, his team could achieve a favourable result at the end of the season.
“We appreciate efforts of Zenith Bank because they have empowered young girls through basketball. Any team in a competition can win; of course with self-belief and focus, we will compete favourably. We did that in the past. Records are there to show. The IG has redefined sports by ensuring the right things are done and we appreciate his efforts and hope to him back for his support,” Ogaba said.
Big centre, Nancy Irabor-Osunde, is also looking ahead to a fulfilling season and hopes they can consolidate on their good start to the season.
She said, “The season is quite interesting and we are really doing fine. With self confidence, team spirit, unity and belief, we can make things work out fine. I believe we can keep winning and do better.”
“It’s possible to play the big teams but we will need to work very hard because our team has been together for a long time. Teams like First Bank and First Deepwater have been together for years but I believe with time, we can give them a fight for the top positions and play continental basketball as well.”