Highlanders announce return to BBA League
THE Highlanders ladies’ basketball team has announced its return to the 2016/17 Bulawayo Basketball Association (BBA) League with a 28-20 victory over Lupane State University (LSU), while their male side was downed 24-74 by Giants at Khanyisile Sports Centre.
Highlanders, who are one of the oldest teams in the league, had announced that they will not be taking part in this year’s competition following a player exodus.
However, following a meeting between BBA and Highlanders’ representatives held a day before the start of the season, the board came up with strategies to make them survive.
“Of course we were hit by a player exodus, but we are back in the competition. Highlanders are a big club and one of the oldest in teams in the league. It cannot collapse that easily.
“We had lost a number of players to other teams in the league, with some players joining Giants in the men’s category.
“In the ladies’ category, some joined Angels and that had a negative impact on our team. We are now rebuilding the team and are looking forward to a competitive season,” said Highlanders Basketball secretary general Themba Phiri.
In other matches, defending champions Southern Mavericks maintained their winning streak after beating City Knights 68-43 in the men’s category.