BBA in call to save sink­ing High­landers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

THE Bu­l­awayo Basketball As­so­ci­a­tion (BBA) has called for an emer­gency meeting this evening to dis­cuss ways of sav­ing sink­ing High­landers Basketball Club, a day be­fore the start of the sea­son.

Four­teen teams com­pris­ing seven men’s and seven women’s have reg­is­tered for the new sea­son and BBA hopes its meeting with High­landers’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives will see the club chang­ing heart and par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 2016/17 sea­son.

The men’s teams that will com­pete for hon­ours in the new sea­son are de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons South­ern Mav­er­icks, Giants, Oil­ers, Nust, LSU, City Knights and an army out­fit mak­ing its maiden sea­son Os­trich.

South­ern Mav­er­icks, Lak­ers Se­nior, Nust, An­gels, Lak­ers Ju­nior, LSU and Mus­tang Di­vas, a group of ex-basketball play­ers com­ing out of re­tire­ment, will bat­tle it out in the women’s cat­e­gory.

The BBA board is hope­ful they will find a so­lu­tion to High­landers’ prob­lems and have the club, which fin­ished fifth and sixth in the men’s and women’s cat­e­gories last sea­son, tak­ing part in the new campaign.

“Our sea­son starts to­mor­row with all games set to be played at Khany­isile Sports cen­tre, for­merly Bu­l­awayo Club for the Dis­abled (BCD). We’re look­ing for­ward to an ex­cit­ing sea­son. All the teams are ea­gerly wait­ing for the first bounce,” said Howard Phang­wana, BBA sec­re­tary-gen­eral.

“On a dis­turb­ing note, the BBA board is meeting to­mor­row evening to look into High­landers’ issue. We’re told they’ve been hit by a player ex­o­dus and as a board we’ve sched­uled a meeting with their rep­re­sen­ta­tives so that we see how we can as­sist un­til they find their feet.

“What puz­zles us is that High­landers, one of the old­est clubs a few weeks back suc­cess­fully hosted a Bosso 90 cel­e­bra­tory tour­na­ment and now they’re on the verge of col­laps­ing,” said Phang­wana.

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