February 25, 2024

Nestlé MILO Basketball Championship 2023: Savannah Conference Lights up Kano

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Players and officials of General Murtala Mohammed College Yola, Adamawa State receiving their trophy and MILO gifts from Rtd. Col. Sam Ahmedu, president of FIBA Africa Zone 3, Malam Haruna Mohammed Director of Special Duties representing the Kano State Commissioner for Education Alhaji Ya’u Abdulahi Yanshana, Funmilola Oyewole – Category Development Manager Beverages at Nestlé Nigeria PLC after winning the boys’ category of the Savannah Conference of the 23rd MILO Basketball Championship at the Indoor Hall of the Sanni Abacha stadium Kano on May 9, 2023.  


Government Day Science Secondary School Jalingo in Taraba State and General
Murtala Mohammed College, Yola, in Adamawa State, won in the boys’ and girls’
categories, respectively at the first regional conference of the 23rd MILO
Secondary Schools Basketball Championship.

Funmilola Oyewole – Category Development Manager Beverages at Nestlé Nigeria PLC delivering the welcome address during the finale of the Savannah Conference of the 23rd MILO Basketball Championship at the Indoor Hall of the Sanni Abacha stadium Kano on May 9, 2023.
 
 


Nestlé Nigeria’s MILO Secondary School Basketball Championship has been
promoting the value of grit for over 23 years, helping schoolchildren learn essential life skills such as resilience, persistence, stamina, cooperation, and self-belief. These values enable them to overcome challenges and achieve their goals in life.


At the recently concluded Savannah Conference, Government Day Science
Secondary School Jalingo, won in the girls’ category by 19 points to 13 points,
against Government Secondary School, Numan, Adamawa State. To win in the
boys’ category, General Murtala Mohammed College Yola, scored 39 points
against 24 points scored by Dutse Model International College, Dutse, Jigawa
State.


Happy Sylvester from Government Day Science Secondary School Jalingo, Taraba
State, was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament in the girls’
category. “I do not have words to say how I feel, but I am really, really excited. This
is huge, and I never expected it, but with God all things are possible. I thank God,
I thank MILO and I thank my teammates,” she said.

The Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament in the boys’ category is Numan
Dickson from General Murtala Mohammed College Yola, Adamawa State. “I am
happy and extremely excited. Thanks, to my teammates and coaches. They made
my dream come true. I always wanted to be MVP since I started playing basketball,
so, I am happy.”


Nestlé continues to lead grassroot sports development in Nigeria through its MILO
Basketball Championship, contributing to the growth of many players in the
Nigerian national teams, and notable clubs across the world today.


Category Manager for Beverages, Nestlé Nigeria, Mr. Olutayo Olatunji, reiterated
Nestle’s commitment to developing talents, promoting healthier lifestyles, and
instilling values for success in life through sports. “MILO, firmly believes that
through participation in sports, children learn enduring values to help them
achieve sustainable success in life,” he said.


“We are therefore, pleased to have this opportunity to provide a platform where
young talents find expression through MILO Secondary School Basketball
Championship. On the field of play, the teams depend on the discipline,
perseverance, courage, self-belief, and respect that they imbibe during practice
and through their interactions with each other. These life skills are not only for
basketball; they equip the players to navigate their careers and to be productive
in society. In a nutshell, ‘the GRIT’ you learn in sport, you keep for life.”


States who competed in the Savannah Conference, at the Sanni Abacha stadium,
Kano from the 3rd to 10th of May 2022 include Yobe, Borno, Taraba, Zamfara,
and Kano. Others are Gombe, Katsina, Bauchi and Jigawa. Winners of the
Savannah Conference will compete with winners of the Central Conference in
Abuja, Equatorial Conference in Asaba and Western Conference in Ibadan holding between the 12th of May and the 6th of June 2023 at the national finals in July 2023.


The Central Conference will take place in Abuja, the FCT from 12th – 19th of May
2022.


From just a few schools at its commencement in 1999, MILO Secondary School Basketball championship reaches over 150,000 individual players from over
10,000 schools across Nigeria every year.

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