LBA con­fi­dent of brew­ery deal

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

THE Le­sotho Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (LBA) is hop­ing to en­ter into a long-term part­ner­ship with Ma­luti Moun­tain Brew­ery (MMB).

The as­so­ci­a­tion re­ceived spon­sor­ship which helped in the stag­ing of a suc­cess­ful sum­mer slam bas­ket­ball com­pe­ti­tion at Lehakoe courts over the week­end.

LBA sec­re­tary gen­eral, Palo Mohlot­sane, on Tues­day ex­pressed grat­i­tude for the MMB spon­sor­ship which in­cluded 15 sets of bas­ket­ball hoops as well as 22 balls.

“We have some­thing in store for bas­ket­ball lovers, but the deal will only be re­vealed next year af­ter we have fi­nalised ev­ery­thing with MMB,” Mohlot­sane said.

“What I can tell you is that the two or­gan­i­sa­tions are in talks about tak­ing bas­ket­ball to new heights in 2016.”

The spon­sor­ship, he added, could see MMB bankrolling the League as well as the as­so­ci­a­tion’s high schools bas­ket­ball pro­grammes.

Mohlot­sane added play­ers also re­ceived en­ergy drinks and wa­ter from MMB dur­ing the week­end tour­na­ment.

“We had sup­port from dif­fer­ent cor­ners of our coun­try and we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate this ges­ture be­cause the rea­son be­hind stag­ing that tour­na­ment was to give back to the com­mu­nity,” said Mohlot­sane.

Mean­while, LBA cham­pi­ons, BBH, won the sum­mer slam af­ter de­feat­ing ri­vals KTA 80-75 in the fi­nal.

“The tour­na­ment was a mas­sive suc­cess just like the pre­vi­ous edi­tions. How­ever, what made it even more ex­cit­ing was to see two lo­cal teams in the fi­nal.

“It showed that the level of com­pe­ti­tion has grown in our coun­try as there was one team from swazi­land tak­ing part.”

Last year’s win­ners, Jozi Nuggets from south Africa, did not take part in this year’s tour­na­ment.

Mohlot­sane also said it was grat­i­fy­ing to see their de­velop-

ment team, Bokamoso, play­ing in the Man­gaung In­ter­na­tional Chal­lenge in Bloem­fontein on Tues­day.

The com­pe­ti­tion only fea­tured un­der-15, u/18 and u/20 teams in both male and fe­male cat­e­gories.

“Bokamoso is an ini­tia­tive from our pres­i­dent; it is a team that com­petes in our na­tional league as well as ju­nior cham­pi­onships.

“The rea­son be­hind its for­ma­tion is to scout for young tal­ent, give them the plat­form to play and also ex­pose them to in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

“We are hope­ful that this ini­tia­tive will help us pro­duce top-class play­ers.”

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