30th April, 2021 may just be a day that gives Nigeria’s basketball a major facelift. Players, Coaches, Officials, Organizers, and the media, all gathered to witness a rarity in Nigeria basketball as the Abuja City Basketball League, ACBL, tips off with a ceremony to unveil the trophy for the 2021 league season.
The event which held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, saw a convergence of people and dignitaries from various walks and spheres of life. The hall filled up quickly as bright-faced players and coaches, repping their team’s T-shirts, came to witness the ceremony in anticipation of a great season. Opened with a prayer, the event forged on gracefully as a launching took place to unveil the beautiful-looking award cups for the ACBL 2021 season. Late players, referees & officials, coaches, and basketball personalities in the Nigerian basketball community were remembered with the observance of a silent moment. Titans Basketball media was present with various other major media organizations to support the growth of basketball in the country. Mr Fanen Iornem, co-commissioner of the ACBL, and Mr. Frank Gbetubo, FCT basketball chairman, spoke to the media after the unveiling on what the 2021 league season – which will jump ball 1st May 2021 – would be like and what it means for basketball in the country.
The ACBL has been around for a decade now and have been exposing players and building the game of basketball in Nigeria, but this is the first time the league organizers held an elaborate event to tip off a season. The trophy unveiling ceremony gives players, coaches and the participating teams hopes of a better and well organized league season than the previous seasons, and gives the Nigerian basketball community, as a whole, a much better outlook looking forward to future leagues and tournaments.
Meanwhile, teams have been preparing earnestly towards the ACBL 2021 league season and Titans Basketball Academy is not left out. The male and female teams have been working on their game and game plays, furnishing their skills and learning new ones. The female team would be participating in the ACBL for the second time as the league organizers only started the female league season in 2020 where the season was abridged because of the Covid-19 restrictions.