(L-R) Olutayo Olatunji – Category Manager Beverages at Nestlé Nigeria PLC, Wassim El-Husseini – Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Nestlé Nigeria PLC, Olabisi Joseph – President of Nigeria Schools Sports Federation (NSSF), Lanre Balogun – Executive Secretary of National Collegiate Sports Foundation (NCSF) and Babs Ogunade representing the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) during the Press Conference of the 22nd Milo Basketball Championship at the Nestlé Head Office today
The stage is set for youngsters from 12 schools across the country to converge on Lagos for the 22nd Milo Secondary Schools’ Basketball Championship, sponsored by Nestle Nigeria.
Speaking at the press conference to herald the championship, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Nigeria PLC, Mr. Wassim El-Husseini said Nestlé has been at the forefront of grassroots sports development in Nigeria through the Nestlé MILO Secondary Schools’ Basketball Championship for over two decades now.
“We continue to do our utmost to help shape a healthier and happier generation of Nigerians by encouraging them to participate in sporting activities. MILO Basketball Championship also provides a platform to help children imbibe values that set the right foundation for their future. They learn grit – perseverance through hardship, courage to overcome fear, ability to work in a team, self-belief, respect, and leadership,” he stated.
Also speaking at the press conference, Category Manager – Beverages, Nestlé Nigeria PLC, Mr. Olutayo Olatunji said: “The MILO Basketball Championship now brings together over 10,000 schools every year. This Championship started with less than 500 schools in 1999.
“The school game has grown beyond being just a sport to a passion that helps to discipline the body and mind. We thank our long-standing partners who have been part of the success of the MILO Basketball Championship for these 22 editions – the Nigerian Schools Sports Federation (NSSF), the National Collegiate Sports Foundation (NCSF)”.
National President of the Nigeria Schools’ Sports Federation, Olabisi Joseph applauded Nestle for its commitment:
“Nestlé Nigeria PLC has made significant contributions to the growth of sports in Nigeria and the creation of a bright future for young people by supporting and promoting basketball in schools.”
Adding that: “Every year, our schoolboys and girls look forward to participating in the biggest grassroots basketball championship in Africa, which is fondly called MILO Basketball.”
Executive Secretary of the National Collegiate Sports Foundation (NSSF), Mr. Lanre Balogun said the championship has evolved thanks to the commitment of our Nestlé Nigeria PLC.
“We will all agree that 22 years of continuous sponsorship in the life of any organization is highly commendable and worthy of emulation. Therefore, Nestlé Nigeria PLC deserves all the accolades for maintaining the sponsorship of this event,” he stated.
In the girls’ category, St. Jude’s Girls Secondary School, Amarata (Bayelsa State), Government Girls Secondary School, Bukavu, (Kano State) and Queen Amina College, Sabon-Tasha, (Kaduna State) will play in group ‘A’, while David Hall College, Obalende, Ikoyi, (Lagos State), Government Secondary School, Numan, (Adamawa State) and Akpur College, Gboko (Benue State) will play in group ‘B’.
The boys category has Government Secondary School, Karu, (FCT), Bishop Dimieari Grammar School, Obom, (Bayelsa State) and Victorroti Private Secondary School, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, (Ogun State), in group ‘A’, while Topfield College, Ajugunle, Apapa, (Lagos State), King Amachree Academy, Port Harcourt, (Rivers State) and Dutse Model International Secondary School, (Jigawa State), will play in group ‘B’.
The Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, is venue for the action from June 25 through July 1, 2022.
Final games will in both the girls’ and boys’ categories will be decided on Thursday, June 30, 2022.