The Botswana Basketball Association (BBA) has emerged a big winner from the recently hosted Region 5 Gaborone Youth 2018 games, says the Association’ Public Relations officer Thabang Maranyane.
Maranyane told Patriot Sport that they came out stronger and more fully resourced from the games with the benefits of magnificent set of basketball equipment such as the state of the art Seicom wooden play surface,1 set of short shot clocks and 1 set of 1 back tops among others.
This much needed equipment, according to Maranyane, remains as a legacy as they would not have been able to purchase this magnificent equipment on its own. He said this will empower the association to take basketball to various communities as some of the equipment is movable enabling basketball court to be set up anywhere in the country including far places where the game is not yet popular.
Maranyane said players that were trained in leadership, praised the effort as it has given them confidence as team leaders, and they are now looking forward to sharing the insights of the skills gained with the respective clubs.
Furthermore, the Under 16 players gained exposure to a high level of competition for the first time ever in their basketball career path and this boosted the players’ s confidence ahead of the international tourney in 2019 COSSASA games, considering that it gave the team coaches to assemble the team and build for the future around it.
Meanwhile, BBA will this weekend in partnership with the International Basketball Federation (IBF) host the 3x3 International Basketball Foundation (IBF) Young Lions Cup with nine nations set to participate in the competition.
The tournament two-day tournament is scheduled from 12th -13th January and shall give athletes an opportunity to learn from others hence impacting the knowledge gained in empowering their various communities. Participating nations include Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Burundi, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Seychelles.