Thursday, 19 May 2016
Fans came in thousands to support African Basketball League in Abidjan
The City of Abidjan was thrown into fun and excitement over the weekend as the African Basketball League hosted basketball lovers to the Abidjan Basketball Challenge at Palais des sports de Treichville, Abidjan.
The two days in Abidjan showcased more than basketball as African music stars and dancers spiced up the nights with electrifying performances. The Nigerian artistes were led by Sound Sultan, Chidinma , Korra and May D. D J Arafat and others were also on ground to entertain fans.
The arena with a capacity of over five thousand was packed full to capacity and tickets were already sold out before the tip off time.
Abidjan Ramblers are top on the standings in the African Basketball League (ABL) following their fair performance in their native country in last weekend’s Abidjan Basketball Challenge where four of the franchise teams in the ABL competed against each other.
Though the Ramblers lost 72-84 to Lagos Islanders in a highly entertaining clash, the victory earlier recorded against the Stallions who they beat 60-52 ensured that they still hold the advantage at the top of the log, having posted seven wins from nine games.
Jonathan Macklin was the lead scorer for the Ramblers, scoring a massive 21 points for his team and effectively condemning the Lagos-bank team to their eighth-straight defeat in the current campaign.
At the moment, Lagos Islanders are occupying the second spot on the table with six wins from nine games while Lagos Warriors with three wins from seven games are third on the ABL table.
The Chief Executive Officer of ABL, Ugo Udezue, said the road trip would continue through the cities of Libreville and Dakar.
“The games are not for Lagos and Abidjan alone, the tours will also cover Dakar and Libreville this summer,” he said.
Mr Udezue further said that the ABL has added another chapter to sports business and entertainment in Lagos and has contributed greatly to the economy in just a few months of existence.