The Botswana Basketball Association (BBA) has kick-started the inaugural northern basketball league, which has attracted different teams from the northern region.
The league games, which commenced in Maun on September 24th will also be hosted in Francistown and Palapye consecutively in a period of six weeks, and will be played on a tournament format, and each participating team will play a total of three games in the first stages of the league.
The teams that did well in the northern region will play against their counterparts from the southern region to determine the winners of the national league.
The northern league consists of six teams that participated and triumphed in the first games that were held in Maun, which are Delta Spirit and North West from Maun, Francistown Flames and Orapa Juggernauts.
The other two teams that will be participating in the next stages of competition are Phikwe Knights and BIUST Trojan from Palapye.
Northern Basketball League Public Relations Officer Tumelo Boima has explained most of the participating teams are from mining towns.
“Our players will put in the necessary work to produce a product that any and all will be willing and eager to associate with, we want to be known as the tougher league in Botswana,” he said.
Boima has revealed that just like any other sport, sponsorship is integral to the growth of their sport as such their hope is to attract the ideal partners that can help grow their brand as well as the games of basketball.
North West team Coach, Wallace Chikukutu has explained that though they lost all of their three games they have gained a good experience that they will apply to improve their performance in the next coming matches.
He said that they were well prepared for the games but had a few injuries which affected their performance. He revealed that the high temperatures also affected their players, noting that most of their players are young therefore had a difficult time playing against older and experience players.
Delta Spirit Coach Ratanang Tsayang has explained that as a newly established team formed in March this year, it was a learning experience for their players to play against some of the biggest teams such as Francistown Flames.
He acknowledged that his team’s performance has improved, adding that although they were a bit intimidated playing in such a competition, they went on to win the two games which he said was a commendable feat.