THE Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) has expressed its contentment and elation over the successful hosting of the inaugural National 3×3 Boys Under-17 Qualifier tournament. The tournament was held last Sunday on Burnham Court and hosted players from Regions 10, 6, 5, 4, and 3 according to a letter from the GABF.The letter also stated that the players were from secondary schools which included The Bishops’ High, St Rose’s High, St Stanislaus College, Christ Church Secondary, Kwakwani High School and Tutorial High, in addition to New Amsterdam Multilateral, North Georgetown Secondary, Plaisance Secondary and Cummings Lodge Secondary.According to a count by GABF National 3×3 Coordinator Mr Junior Andrew on the tournament website, there were 15 teams registered with 60 players, aged 14 to 17.Played in a last-16 format, there were seven first round games, four quarterfinals, two semifinals and the final where Kwakwani Combined came out victorious.The GABF expressed appreciation to its group of volunteers including Shania Wilson, Sileena Arjune, Dennis Clarke, Nicolas Casius, Terrence Daniels, Malcolm Powdar and Leona Kyte.Special appreciation was extended to Chris Bowman who provided a game clock, Michael Singh who provided lunches for the volunteers and the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) for tables, chairs and refreshment for the participants.
Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, Mr. Yinka Sanni, said: “We are enthusiastic about our sponsorship of the university league. The sponsorship is in line with our objective to engage the youth in talent-moulding and character-building initiatives and our determination to contribute to the development of sports and by extension the economy.”The organisers of the league commended Stanbic IBTC for its boldness in sponsoring the HIFL.According to them, the sponsorship will be invaluable to the success of the varsity league, even as they promised to stage the best football spectacle that will “convince our sponsors and indeed Nigerians that collegiate sport is ripe in Nigeria.”This sponsorship is the latest in a long list of youth-centric development and empowerment initiatives by Stanbic IBTC.Organised by Green White Green (GWG) Sports, the maiden edition of the league is featuring the top 16 universities from across the country.The teams will play a total of 30 games over a 14-week period to determine the winner. The draws for the league groupings were held recently.Explaining the rationale for HIFL at the draws ceremony in Lagos, CEO of the Green White Green, Alhaji Shuaibu Gara-Gombe, said the HIFL is conceived as a platform for students “to exhibit their talents to the world.”The participating universities are Obafemi Awolowo University, Delta State University, University of Benin, University of Lagos, University of Port-Harcourt, University of Agriculture Makurdi, University of Ibadan, University of Nigeria, Bayero University, University of Ilorin, University of Jos, University of Uyo, University of Maiduguri, Usman Dan Fodio University, Ahmadu Bello University, and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Stanbic IBTC Group has announced its sponsorship of the Higher Institutions Football League (HIFL), which kicked off last Wednesday in various centres across the country.Stanbic IBTC said the sponsorship is in tandem with the company’s determination to help grow and develop a vibrant and productive youth population.According to Stanbic IBTC, their involvement is equally informed by the need to foster unity among the youth, the future leaders, and development of sports as well as the economy using the HIFL platform.