Ahead of the National eight stage of the 2019 Zenith bank women’s basketball league, the Nigerian Customs team have expressed their intention to pick a continental ticket at the end of the league season.
Custom qualified as one of the top four teams from Savannah conference, having lost to Air Warriors at the end of the eight-days playoff at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.
According to the sports secretary of the Nigerian Customs Service, Samuel Onikeku who spoke to LEADERSHIP sports said that he was impressed with the team’s performance adding that they would further intensify their preparations to put up an outstanding campaign when they will play at the finals.
“I’m impressed with the team as we have lost just a match. We lost to a team that was better on the day of the match, not a team that was better prepared. I can tell you that we are the best prepared team anytime, except that we will not attend any competition” he said.
“When we go to Lagos,that is where the experience will count, as we will play against Dolphins, First Bank. So, I believe we will be among the first three. “
“We qualified for the finals in Lagos after the first four matches and we have started preparing for the finals. We played 21 matches and lost 2 matches, meaning that we won 19 matches, so I am totally satisfied. The matches we lost were insignificant to us,” he added.
Speaking in the same vein, the coach, Muhammed Abdulraham said the team was able to express themselves freely while targeting a continental ticket.
“We were able to express ourselves freely and come out with a win. We will take stock of what we have done so far and see where we need to make adjustment”.
“Our target will be among the two teams that will represent the country at continental levels, if we will not win the finals in Lagos, he said.