Benue (Otukpo)- Mr Terhemen Tarzoor, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Benue, has assured the organisers of Mark d’ Ball Basketball competition that football match would be part of the event in 2015.
He stated this on Sunday in Otukpo at the ongoing Mark d’ Ball basketball competition.
He promised that if he won the governorship election, his government would make the tournament more competitive with the inclusion of football match.
“We will ensure that government will throw its weight on Mark d’ Ball as a tournament to ensure it is enlarged from only basketball to include football,’’ Tarzoor said.
He said that the Mark d’ Ball should be supported in its entirety since it represented the symbol of the Senate President David Mark.
Tarzoor noted that any support for Mark d’ Ball was not wasted as the competition had been used to discover talents that represented the country at international basketball competitions.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 19 basketball teams from across the country, comprising 11 male and eight female teams are participating in the 2014 Mark d’ Ball competition.
The male category has six teams from Otukpo, which include Experience, St. Marks, Bethlehem, Apa Flames, Blazers and ESPN.
Others are T. Joba Talent from Uyo, Zuba S.S from Suleja, Full Force from Abuja, Orkland of Okene and Benue Braves of Markurdi.
The female category has Apa Queens and Purple Mat from Otukpo; Sweeties from Markurdi, Angels of Abuja, Rockers of Plateau and One Wing from Kaduna.
Lagos teams, Baby Seals and Pearls are also participating in the competition which started on December 26 and expected to end on December 31. (NAN)