Saturday 17 April 2021
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Premier Basketball League coming

The newly rebranded Namibia Basketball Federation has laid the foundation that will see the birth of the inaugural Basketball Premier League in Namibia.
The federation announced this week at the association’s rebranding launch at the Namibian Sports Commissions (NSC).
“We have started putting structures together to have the first flagship basketball premier league in the country,” said the federation’s Marketing Officer Titus Mwahafa.
Basketball has somewhat been stagnant in the sporting fraternity.
At the launch, NSC Chief Administrator Freddy Mwiya queried the federation about the absence of a senior national team to which the federation answered that all the activities are expected to serve as fertile grounds for the selection of the national team.
Thus, the presence of an annual basketball premier league that gives top teams from all regions an opportunity to participate, will be one step towards the direction of having the national basketball outfit.
“We need a platform where we have top players in the country performing in the same competition if we want to identify talent to represent the country.”
The top three teams will come from the Khomas Basketball Association, Oshana Basketball Association, Erongo Basketball Association and Alpha Leagues. According to Mwahafa, other teams in regions that do not have running leagues will have to qualify through regional structures.
“As a federation, we are busy setting up structures within the regions that will be able to support the sport code in the respective regions. We are exploring the possibility of dividing the regions into Zones, which will allow for a bigger pool of teams in certain zones to compete for spots in the league,’ said Mwahafa.
The league season is expected to run between November 2018 and March 2019.
The federation has identified seven basketball courts in Windhoek where the league matches will be played.
They recently revamped the UN Plazza basketball court,  situated in the heart in Katutura.
“We need to have structures in place hence the need for a flagship competition. The moment we can develop younger players around the country, then we can grow the sport. What we need is a feeder program that will support and give us options for selection. When all this is in place, then the dream of having a national team is not far away. This is why the basketball premier league will be very important.”
The federation is currently in talks with potential sponsors but called on corporates to come on board.
“We would like to invite more corporates come on board. This dream will benefit the sport and country at large.”

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