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WomenÔÇÖs Basketball leagues end exceptionally

Mon, 17 October 2016 19:04
by Rodney Pienaar

The national women’s basketball league season has ended smoothly with no hiccups with teams that are taking part in the league having performed exceptionally well showing great improvement.
The women’s basketball league, which has eleven teams altogether and is played in four streams, is registered with the Namibian Basketball Federation (NBF) and have been running smoothly on funds from sponsors NBF spokesperson, Andrew Masongo informed The Villager.
The leagues are played in Khomas, Erongo, and Oshikoto regions respectively, with Khomas region having the most teams.
“The season has ended and participation of teams in the women’s league was very good. Most teams in the leagues are very serious about taking part in the league which just ended. However, we are determined to see more teams join the league in future,” Masongo said.
He added that Khomas basketball league women’s has been the top fly league having the most teams registered over the year.
Masongo, however, noted that women’s basketball needs more exposure in some parts of the country to make the sport of basketball more attractive and popular amongst women.
“Basketball suffers from a popularity deficit, in that the sport does not get recognition as a top sport in the country, and is not very much marketed. The NBF is working towards popularising the sport and increasing its fan base in the nation. It is rather unfortunate that the population of Namibia is very small, and with 51 other sport codes, it is difficult to obtain a good enough support without affecting other sport codes, and vice versa,” Masongo said.
The leagues are sponsored by Zula Wear, Alpha Clinic, Sky Jia and the University of Namibia (UNAM).
The Lions Ladies finished off the Khomas basketball league as the champions for the second consecutive straight season, followed by UNAM Sparks and BAS Falcons in the second and third place respectively.
The Villager understand that the NBF has started open basketball programs in Windhoek, which have also been intended for other regions, that will offer coaching and officiating clinics all over Namibia at all levels.
One of the major problems experienced by the NBF over the years is the injection of new blood and breeds coming into the leagues and the federation is now set on tapping into primary and secondary schools to keep the sport alive.
Recently the Namibian Sports Commission (NSC) had a meeting with various federations to discuss the prioritization and categorization of sports codes in the country.
Federations aspiring to benefit from development grants would be required to submit a development plan, with a national competition structure in place and hosted in towns other than Windhoek, The Villager found.