HBA boss wants courts refurbished

Newly appointed Harare Basketball Association chairman Ngoni Mukhukula has revealed that his pre-dominant aim is to see the refurbishment of playing courts, which he said were in a deplorable state.

Mukhukula, who took over from Gilchrist Mageza, said he was saddened by the sorry state of the courts the clubs were playing in. He said he would like to see the facilities at Richwood and Hellenics given an uplift before the start of the season in September.

The more than 70 clubs that make up the family of the Harare Basketball Association share the two venues over the weekends. The HBA has 36 men’s teams in the A and B League and about 24 women’s teams in the same leagues.

Mukhukula also wanted to see the scoreboards back and other facilities improved at the courts. The long-serving basketball administrator, who also heads the Hoops For Hope programme, said basketball could not exist without playing courts. He said it was his responsibility to bring the facilities up to standard and ensure the success of the sport in his league and in Zimbabwe as a whole. Unlike football and cricket, which have become professional, with players surviving on the sport, basketball is still an amateur sport.

It is also suffering from lack of sponsorship, forcing clubs to play on regional basis as they cannot afford the costs of travelling. Despite the lack of financial support, Zimbabwean national teams have done very well and have on several occasions qualified to represent the southern African region at the All Africa Games or the Africa Championships.

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