All set for Sum­mer Slam bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

ing fun-walk this Satur­day since this tour­na­ment is meant to raise funds for char­ity.

“Do­ing char­ity work has be­come part and par­cel of this tour­na­ment as we would want to give back to the com­mu­nity and also in­still the love of bas­ket­ball among dis­ad­van­taged kids.”

Molupe said 2015 has been a very suc­cess­ful year for bas­ket­ball, al­though spon­sor­ship re­mains a chal­lenge. Next week­end’s tour­na­ment still has no spon­sor, Molupe added.

“this is one depart­ment which re­mains a big chal­lenge for us, but we have never given up de­spite the dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances we face,” said Molupe.

“We re­main con­fi­dent be­cause we have man­aged to host a lot of tour­na­ments de­spite the fi­nan­cial chal­lenges we face.

“For us, it is all about tak­ing the sport to an­other level, which is why we are so de­ter­mined to push on de­spite the dif­fi­cul­ties.”

Mean­while, Molupe said the as­so­ci­a­tion sought to at­tract more women into the sport as their last cham­pi­onship, the In­de­pen­dence tour­na­ment held in oc­to­ber, had no fe­male teams.

“the as­so­ci­a­tion is com­mit­ted to bring­ing more women into the sport and also mak­ing re­sources avail­able for young­sters to hone their bas­ket­ball skills,” Molupe said.

Molupe also said host­ing Na­tional Bas­ket­ball as­so­ci­a­tion star Fes­tus Ezeli-ndu­lue, through a part­ner­ship with Econet tel­com Le­sotho, was great pro­mo­tion for the sport.

the 25-year-old Nige­rian was in the coun­try in Au­gust for coach­ing clin­ics at lehakoe Club and shar­ing his jour­ney to the top with lo­cal bas­ket­ball en­thu­si­asts.

“It’s been a year of many events as far as our sport is con­cerned and it has re­ally helped us grow as an as­so­ci­a­tion.”

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