14 February 2006

ZIMBABWE: Chaos blights Cameo

ZIMBABWE and Harare Basketball Association champions Cameo have been hit by indiscipline, which has resulted in them failing to raise teams for their league matches. The team's coach Roderick Takawira can at least afford to breathe this weekend after the cash-strapped Harare Basketball Association cancelled all league matches scheduled due to affiliation fees crisis.

Of the more than 27 clubs affiliated to the association, only five have paid the full affiliation fees pegged at $10 million for the season. The clubs have been given until 23 February to pay up or risk being booted out of the league.

While the league is grappling with its own problems, the defending Cameo's rock has been rocked by absenteeism.

Takawira, the burly Cameo coach told Standardsport yesterday that he was in a state of shock over the goings-on at the club. Senior players are no longer turning up for training and the club is on the brink of collapse.

"We cannot raise teams to fulfill our matches. I do not know what happened over the Christmas holidays. There has been a lot of indiscipline and players have not been turning-up for training resulting in a crisis. I have been in touch with contacts in Kadoma, Bindura and Marondera hunting for new players but I have received no joy," Takawira said.

The women's team has been hard hit with only Rachel Makoni, Regina Chisale, Alex Maseko, and Aisha Tsimba reporting for training.

The men's team has Mike Nhire and Roy Takaendesa reporting for training while the others have decided that the basketball court was not their place.

Cameo are currently in third place on 29 points.

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