By G9ija

The third D. K. Olukoya Women Basketball Championship will welcome teams from outside Nigeria next year.

The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Director of Sports, Godwin Enakhena, made the disclosure this in Lagos.

Enakhena further explained that the youth empowerment programme is part of the MFM General Overseer Dr. Daniel Olukoya’s 70 Points Youth repositioning Agenda.

Speaking at the end of the second edition of the event in Lagos, Enakhena said Dr. Olukoya would stop at nothing at empowering African youths through sports.

He said: “The story of MFM and sports are inseparable because of Dr. Olukoya’s vision of using sports to engage the youth is unwavering.

“When we started the Olukoya Women Basketball Championship last year, it had only eight teams participating, but that number increased to 12 this year.

“Eight teams came from outside Lagos, which shows how the championship has grown within a year.

“And interestingly, we’ve received messages from women basketball teams in Togo, Ghana and Benin Republic asking to be part of next years edition.

“I trust Dr. Olukoya to give the go ahead to have these African countries join the party next year.”

Enakhena, the pioneer MFM Football Club Chairman, also a sports journalist, explained that MFM would be liaising with the Nigeria Basketball Federation towards having a hitch free championship next year because it will be an African event.

Dr. Olukoya’s investment in sports has given birth to a football club, MFM FC, a wrestling club and a women basketball club that have produced quality athletes who have represented Nigeria.

First Bank Women Basketball Club of Lagos defeated MFM Women Basketball Club of Lagos to successfully defend the title they won last year at the end of hostilities at the Indoor Sports Hall of the national Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.