May 28, 2024

The 9jaor Basketball Christmas Tournament has emerged as a cherished tradition within the Nigerian basketball landscape.

The spirit of the holiday season is often synonymous with joy, togetherness, and the celebration of various traditions.

Hence this competition fits the holiday narrative in every way.


In Nigeria, basketball enthusiasts and athletes eagerly anticipate one such tradition—the 9jaor Basketball Christmas Tournament.

This annual event has become a hallmark of the Jos basketball community, bringing together players, fans, and organizations in a spirit of competition, camaraderie, and celebration.

In this article, we will delve into the details of the 9jaor Basketball Christmas Tournament, exploring its significance, format, and impact on the local basketball landscape.


The 9jaor Basketball Christmas Tournament was initiated with the vision of fostering basketball development and providing a platform for young athletes to showcase their skills.

The tournament serves as an avenue to celebrate the sport during the festive season, bringing together players, coaches, and fans from across the country.

Organized by the Naamakk Sports Foundation chaired by Naanma Yamsat, the tournament has steadily gained recognition as a premier basketball event in Jos and neighboring states this being the fifth edition.

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The tournament features a competitive format that encompasses all invited teams both male and female.

It typically adopts a knockout or round-robin format, with teams battling it out in exhilarating matches that captivate audiences and showcase the immense talent within the Jos basketball community.

Teams from different parts of Jos and environs representing schools, clubs, and community organizations, come together to participate.

Mark your calendars, save the date and get your popcorns ready.

14th – 17th December 2023, Rayfield Indoor Sports Hall is the slated venue.

The tournament often features both junior, senior, and elite players either from grassroots or professional levels.

The tourney would have both male and female  categories- being the first time ever this would be done in the  tourney. And yes there are mouth watering cash prizes to be won.


The tournament’s competitive nature fuels intense rivalries among teams from different regions.

Participants showcase their athleticism, basketball IQ, and teamwork as they vie for victory.

The games are characterized by fast-paced action, electrifying dunks, precise shooting, and strategic plays that captivate spectators and keep them on the edge of their seats.

As at the  time of this post registration is  currently on going.

Register here for Men

Register for Women


The 9jaor Basketball Christmas Tournament has gained a reputation for being a breeding ground for emerging basketball stars.

The event attracts scouts, coaches, and talent evaluators who are eager to identify potential prospects for local and international competitions.

The tournament acts as a catalyst for nurturing basketball talent and creating pathways for players to excel in the sport.


Beyond the competitive nature of the tournament, the 9jaor Basketball Christmas Tournament emphasizes community engagement and inclusivity.

Spectators can enjoy thrilling games, cheer for their favorite teams, and participate in various activities that promote basketball culture.

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The tournament also provides a platform for local businesses to showcase their products and services, stimulating the local economy and creating opportunities for collaboration within the community.


The 9jaor Basketball Christmas Tournament has made a significant impact on the North Central basketball landscape of Nigeria.

It has contributed to the growth of the sport by providing a platform for players to develop their skills, fostering healthy competition, and inspiring the next generation of basketball stars.

The tournament’s legacy extends beyond the court, as it promotes values such as discipline, teamwork, and perseverance.

By encouraging community involvement and engagement, the tournament strengthens the bonds within the Nigerian basketball community and cultivates a love for the sport at all levels.


The 9jaor Basketball Christmas Tournament has become a cherished tradition within Nigerian basketball circles.

As an event that celebrates excellence, talent, and community, it serves as a testament to the nation’s passion for the sport.

As each the holiday season  approaches, the anticipation for the 9jaor Basketball Christmas Tournament grows, promising yet another thrilling chapter in Nigeria’s basketball journey.

Big ups Naanma Yamsat! We see you, we appreciate  you. Keep the flag flying…

And Yes PGRaters would be on ground as official statisticians.


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