AWBL: Customs star-girl, Akaraiwe, lead team to 5th place finish

Nigeria Customs Service Women Basketball Team finished 5th overall at the 2023 edition of the Africa Women Basketball League with a perfect result of 83-53 points over Equity Bank Hawks of Kenya.

The Border Ladies as they are known did not leave anything to chance from the tips-off as they out class their opponent in all four quarters (18-16, 19-12, 23-18, 23-7) to end their campaign on a promising note even with late Zone 3 qualifiers which did not give the Abdulrahman Mohamed tutored side any room for further adjustment and more time for preparation thus ending the continent biggest women club competition on a 4-3 records.

Team captain Nkem Akaraiwe led the floor with 27 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 44 efficiency rating she was joined on double digits by Favour Chiamaka Opara who poured in 21 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 26 efficiency rating while Ebere Cordelia Okeke added 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists to spur a big celebration from the Bashir Adewale Adeniyi ladies.

Akaraiwe had the Customs Comptroller General to thank for his immense support for the team.

“I am excited that we could reach this far given the short time we had to prepare from the Zonal elimination which was concluded few days before our departure to Alexandria, Egypt for the competition proper.

“On behalf of the players and the technical crew, we want to appreciate our CG and the Nigeria Customs Service management for the huge support given to us and we promise to continue to make the team, the service and country proud, she concluded.