BBA awards in Oc­to­ber

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THE Bulawayo Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (BBA) will hold its awards cer­e­mony at Khany­isile Sports Cen­tre next Fri­day.

BBA Sec­re­tary-gen­eral Howard Phang­wana said the bas­ket­ball se­lec­tion com­mit­tee is now at the fi­nal stages of se­lect­ing in­di­vid­ual hon­ours.

“Prepa­ra­tions are at the fi­nal stage and our se­lec­tion com­mit­tee is de­cid­ing on the in­di­vid­ual hon­ours. In both cat­e­gories (men and women) the com­mit­tee needs to come up with Most Valu­able Player, Coach of the Year and the Ju­nior Play­ers’ Awards,” Phang­wana said.

He said in­vites have been sent to stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing fel­low sports as­so­ci­a­tions and the Min­istry of Sports and Recre­ation. Win­ners will walk away with medals ac­com­pa­nied by float­ing shields. Some of the hon­ours have al­ready been de­ter­mined based on the league re­sults.

In the men’s cat­e­gory, South­ern Mav­er­icks will be awarded a gold medal for be­ing the sea­son cham­pi­ons. Tri­an­gu­lars will re­ceive sil­ver as first run­ners up while Oil­ers will walk away with bronze for com­ing third.

In the women’s cat­e­gory, the cham­pi­ons South­ern Mav­er­icks will walk away with gold, Lak­ers and Na­tional Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (Nust) will re­ceive sil­ver and bronze re­spec­tively.

The best ex­celling dis­trict in pri­mary schools and best sec­ondary school will also re­ceive awards dur­ing the cer­e­mony. In the coach­ing awards, the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee will be look­ing at a coach who has done ex­tremely well in one or across all the bas­ket­ball com­pe­ti­tions which in­clude the league, club cham­pi­onship and in­ter-provin­cial games.

Last year’s awards saw Mx­olisi Ndlovu from Nust and South­ern Mav­er­icks win­ning the coach of the year award in the ladies cat­e­gory while Joe Mu­juru got the same award in the men’s cat­e­gory. — @khumza­llen THE Na­tional Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (Nust) has been com­mended for tak­ing an ac­tive role in the de­vel­op­ment of athletics in the coun­try by work­ing with Arnold Payne to bring to Zim­babwe a world class coach.

Dar­ryl An­der­son, a world class track and field coach ar­rives to­mor­row on an ed­u­ca­tional trip fa­cil­i­tated by Nust and Payne Global Sports In­ter­na­tional.

An­der­son’s com­ing is the brain­child of Payne, a former Zim­babwe na­tional sprinter at the Al­lAfrica Games, Com­mon­wealth Games and World Cham­pi­onships who is keen to see lo­cal tal­ent reach the top.

Payne be­lieves ex­po­sure to peo­ple who are used to

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