BBA league kicks off on high note

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Allen Khu­malo Sports Re­porter

THE Bu­l­awayo Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (BBA) 2016/17 League kicked off on a high note with de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons South­ern Mav­er­icks beat­ing Oil­ers 57-46 at Khany­isile Sports Cen­tre on Satur­day.

BBA sec­re­tary-gen­eral Howard Phang­wana said fans should ex­pect a tougher com­pe­ti­tion this year, as most teams had im­proved their style of play.

“Com­pe­ti­tion will im­prove, es­pe­cially in the ladies cat­e­gory. Some teams from last year have re­ally stepped up their game, which will make the league more com­pet­i­tive and in­ter­est­ing. In the men’s cat­e­gory, the com­pe­ti­tion has al­ways been tough, with last year’s top five teams be­ing po­ten­tial cham­pi­ons,” said Phang­wana.

Nust women and City Knights had a bye fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of High­landers, who an­nounced that they would not be tak­ing part in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion after be­ing hit by a player ex­o­dus.

Mav­er­icks’ Mx­olisi Ndlovu will be hop­ing to de­fend the coach of the year ti­tle in the women’s cat­e­gory for the third time.

Ndlovu won bronze with Nust at pro­vin­cial level, gold with Mav­er­icks in the league and at na­tional level.

It re­mains to be seen whether the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons have the willpower to dom­i­nate Bu­l­awayo bas­ket­ball again.

Jo­hannes Ngodzo

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