Fungayi Munyoro Sports Correspondent
MANICALAND Basketball League has welcomed five new clubs ahead of their 2018-19 basketball seasons.
Manicaland Basketball Association president Tonderai Shasha said the new clubs that have joined the league include Midlands State University, Mutare Teachers College, Marrymount Teachers College, Chipinge Vikings and Chimanimani ABC. Shasha said new teams are willing to join the MBA league which will resume first week of September.
“Our league will resume the first week of September. So far we have no drop outs but we have new teams that are interested to join our league. Our league welcomes five new members, Midlands State University, Mutare Teachers College, Marrymount Teachers, Chipinge Vikings and Chimanimani ABC Clubs.
“We are also hoping to get other teams from Rusape. We are still expecting more teams and our league is still open to interested teams,” said Shasha.
Meanwhile there has been an overwhelming response from teams who participated in the Basketball Winter Warmer Tournament held at Dangamvura Basketball Courts over the weekend.
Six teams participated in the men’s category and a total of three teams took part in the ladies category. The tournament was a brainchild of Dangamvura Knights Basketball Academy. The tournament director Trish Page applauded the turn out.
“We are very happy about the turn out especially the men teams however we hope in the future we would like more ladies teams to come and participate in the event. Other than that it was a great tournament and next year it will be even bigger and better. We are also appealing to ladies who are serious about joining basketball to come forth. We are going to have try-outs for all ladies who want to join Dangamvura Knights Basketball Team on August 11 and 18, as we want to try and identify talent that will be able to represent our province in national basketball tournaments,” she said.
Mercenaries 62 — 40 Chimanimani ABC; Mercenaries 71 — 38 Chipinge Vikings; Chiefs 69 — 49 Chimanimani ABC; D-Knights 58 — 47 Chipinge Vikings; Mercenaries 76 — 36 Chiefs; D-Knights 70 — 45 Chimanimani ABC; Chipinge Vikings 50 — 49 Chiefs; D-Knights 62 – 59 Chiefs
D-Knights 42 — 39 Chikanga; Chikanga 31 — 35 Sakubva; D-Knights 46 – 43 Sakubva
D-Knights 42 — 21 Chiefs; Wolves 35 — 25 Chiefs; D-Knights 38 — 36 Wolves