May 20, 2024

Taraba State– The Jalingo Basketball League might come as surprise to many but for most especially participating player, it is indeed a blessing.

This recent basketball rendezvous is in its second season and already drawing attention from neighboring states.

A brainchild of Taraba State Basketball Association Chairman- Danjuma Musa Goyo and Head Coach Taraba Hurricanes Basketball ClubCoach Ahmadu Abba.

Hosting basketball events can be very tasking, especially in the aspect of financing.

It is of interest to know that the Jalingo Metro Basketball League currently ongoing is being bankrolled by friends and lovers of basketball in the state. Pause!

This is pointer to the fact that Basketball would always find a way regardless.

As part of the local organizing committee, two reps from each team as well as veterans in the state are throwing their weight behind this by working together to ensure its complete success.

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This season surely screams of growth, as over 120 players registered for the competition, which also fields players from Adamawa, Benue and Gombe states respectively.

The fan base also grew exponentially and the on-court rivalry is media worthy.

Nicknamed JAMB- Jalingo Metro Basketball, the competition kicked off sometime in June this year and is almost in it’s closing stages.

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Logo of all twelve participating teams

A total of twelve teams dunked off at the start of the competition, but currently only Eight teams remain. Four from each conference.

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From information gathered, at least one female player was included in each team for balance. Talking about gender inclusion yo!

Speaking with reboundNG correspondent, the chairman of the state basketball federation had this to say;

“Love for the game, grassroots basketball development and ensuring that vulnerable youths are kept off the streets has always been the driving force behind this.

In five years, we hope to have one court and one team in each local government area.  We don’t seek government support, because being self sustainable is the goal.

We also intend to have a  standard grassroot basketball development program, produce world class players and hopefully groom a team to win the premier league”. –Danjuma Musa G

In a recent chat with our correspondent Coach Ahmadu Abba shared his feelings about the growth of Jalingo Basketball via Jalingo Metro Basketball Competition.

Hear him;

“In five years time, JAMB league should have players participating in different leagues all over the country. The league would have grown so big to attract investors and sponsors. It would also be a hub for sports writers and scouts”. –Coach Ahmadu Abba

Below are conference playoffs qualifiers;

Kwararrafa Conference

  • Wesley Bulls Basketball Team
  • Jauro Breed Basketball Team
  • Conquerors Basketball Team
  • Storm Basketball Team

Jalingo Basketball

Muri Conference

  • KYC Basketball Team
  • Panthers Basketball Team
  • Badgers Basketball Team
  • Flames Basketball Team

The playoff series which begins this month, is set to have its finals on the twenty sixth day of November 2022(26-11-2022).

Already as earlier stated, fans are trooping in from other states to watch scintillating performances from the players.

The Finals surely promise to be the biggest icing on the cake.

Basketball Ball Complex Jolly Nyame  Stadium would host the two best teams from each conference as they lock horns for bragging rights. The intensity is already building, the fans are ecstatic, we can’t wait!

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And yes there are mouth watering prices for virtually everyone. Find the list below;

  • First Prize -70,000
  • Second Prize – 50,000
  • Third Prize – 30,000
  • Most Valuable Player – 5,000
  • Most Improved Player- 5,000
  • Top Scorer – 5,000
  • Highest 3-Point Shooter – 5,000
  • Most Assists – 5,000
  • Most Blocks – 5,000
  • Most Steals – 5,000
  • Free Throws – 5,000
  • Beat Team Logo – 5,000
  • Best Team Jersey – 5,000
  • Best Team Photo – 5,000

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Picture Credit: Coach Ahmadu Abba

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