11 March 2007

SEYCHELLES : Nganga makes U-turn

WHAT a turnaround! Just like he used to eliminate his opponents under the offensive with his swift spin-like movement to score, Jefferson Nganga has made a complete turnaround off the court.

Just over a year after he put an end to his career as a basketballer “to serve God” as he termed it at the time, Nganga, one of the premier players here before he retired, is coming out of self-imposed retirement to serve PLS Hawks.
Mr Clutch Nganga is expected to make his comeback Saturday March 10 when PLS Hawks play a friendly match against his former team Premium Cobras.
When he left the sport last year, Nganga told Sports Nation that “I’m not going to regret leaving basketball after having done my utmost to help upgrade the level of the game here and entertain basketball fans. There were good and bad times. I have to thank all the coaches who moulded me into the player everyone knows and I’ve made the most of the opportunities given to me. I’ve won everything a local basketballer could dream of winning. The only medal I haven’t won is the Indian Ocean Islands Games. Maybe it wasn’t in God’s plan.”
Has he missed the game so much that he has decided to come back?
Sports Nation cannot bring you the exact answer as Nganga was not available for comments, but what is clear is that the game will be welcoming back one of its finest players.
Speaking of comeback, Sports Nation has also learned that Bernard Bristol, who has served one year of his two-year suspension, is longing to return to the game. He is hoping that the Seychelles Basketball Federation (SBF) will show clemency and lift the ban imposed on him in late 2005 for fighting on the court.

G. G.

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