29 February 2008

EGYPT : Gasco 67 Vs 65 Shorta

Gasco Club team achieved second win respectively after winning the Eastern Co.
As well as win over Shorta Club in the match postponed from the fourteenth week at shorta hall
The game ends with 67-65
The match was full of jittery
first quarter of the game GASCO wins 20 -15
The second quarter shorta wins 23-18 to end the first half 38-38
The third quarter gasco wins 14-11
And the fourth quarter Shorta wins 16-15

UGANDA : Basketball Meet Gets Rwenzori Boost

by Charles Mutebi

RWENZORI Beverages has offered 30 boxes of mineral water worth sh0.25m to teams that will play in the pre-season two-day MBC basketball Challenger Series tournament that starts today at YMCA, Wandegeya.

The sixth annual pre-season tournament, that marks the 13th anniversary of hosts Miracle basketball club, has attracted some of the best local teams.

The event organised by Rubaga Miracle Centre's Basketball Ministries was shifted to Wandegeya because of renovations on Miracle's home courts.
Rwenzori official Mohammad Alam, whose company is backing the series for the second year running, said: "The donation is part of Rwenzori's continued support of sports in this country. ... I promise continued sponsorship of the basketball tournament."
Defending men's and women's champions Mogas Falcons and Crane High have already confirmed their participation.

Hosts Miracle will field two teams, in addition to Kyambogo Warriors, Knight Riders, Power, KIU, MUBS Men, and Crane High in the men's category.

Amazon Rhino, A1 Challenge, Victoria Lakers, MUBS Ladies and Crane high are among the women's teams.

UGANDA : Falcons, Warriors Renew Rivalry

by Lulu Jemimah

LAST year's National Basketball League finalists Kyambogo Warriors and Mogas Falcons will be the centre of attraction when the Miracle Invitational tournament gets underway today at YMCA Wandegeya.

Warriors suffered a bitter loss to Falcons in the best five final series, winning the opening two games only to be heartbroken 3-2 in the end.

The two sides are likely to meet in the later stages of the tournament, a chance for Warriors to avenge the painful loss. The event, dubbed 'MBC Challenger Series' has attracted several top teams including Sadolin Power, Knight Riders, Crane High and hosts Miracle.
Falcons, which entered history books for winning a sixth league championship, come into the tournament as defending champions and will be seeking to become only the first team to retain the trophy.
The women's category has attracted A-1 Challenge, Amazon Rhino, Victoria Lakers and Crane High but defending champions KCC Leopards are missing out.

The three-day event has received a sponsorship boost from Rwenzori Beverages.

"This is the second time we are supporting this event and we hope to maintain the relationship," Rwenzori sales and marketing manager Alam Mahboob said as he handed over 30 cartons of water to Miracle's Chris Kyebambe.

UGANDA : Splash Runs Out of Steam

by Innocent Ndawula

Previously unbeaten Splash ran out of steam and succumbed to a 15-23 defeat at the hands of Yana Tyres as the Stanbic-KKL basketball season reached the halfway mark over the weekend.
Haruna Kazibwe rose to the ocassion for Yana Tyres with 12 points as Splash suffered its first defeat of the season in the Senior Boys category.
Red Bull were meanwhile swept away by Nike Seniors 28-2 in a one-sided game that witnessed swift-footed Christine Nakazibwe register a game-high 12 points.

Roofings won the other low-scoring game 9-4 against Sprite.

28 February 2008

KENYA : St. Mary’s dribble their way into second round

Publication Date: 2/28/2008

Hosts St. Mary’s School scored a 78-45 win over Kitisuru High to romp into the second round of the Nairobi Secondary Schools Sports Association’s boys’ basketball league.

This was just a formality match for the winners who have already made it to the next round in the league. But still, they had little mercy for the visitors who have lost both matches against St. Mary’s.

Exploit weaknesses

Kitisuru wanted to earn revenge for their 39-36 loss in the first meeting as the first two minutes of the game saw the scoreboard go blank with both teams trying to exploit the weaknesses and flaws of the other.

It was when Marvin Gitungo of St. Mary’s, who was the game’s top scorer with 26 points, broke the jinx with a successful lay-up, stopping all mind games.

Benson Kamau of Kitisuru combined talent and energy to make a quick reply with a fast drive that caught the opponents napping. He managed 18 points for his side.

“After losing our last game to Jaffery Academy, we were determined not to go the same route with Kitisuru.

“We wanted to collect maximum points from this match, which we did,” said St. Mary’s coach, David Waigwa.

Pace picked up

With a basket each, the game turned into a total war as the pace picked up.

Gitungo was called to duty as he ran the show for the hosts with his ball artistry. In the end of the first half, the 2004 Provincial champions, St. Mary’s were leading 17-7.

“It took us sometime before we found our form of play, but after settling down, we were at our best,” said Gitungo.

In the second quarter, the hosts - through Abraham Kimeu and Masuud Issa - came harsh on their opponents to relentlessly port baskets from three pointers, to brilliant lay ups that culminated from well calculated passes and daredevil drives. Kimeu had 24 points while

Issa added 11 more points.

A spirited combination of Gitungo, Issa and Ricky Muhoro, ensured that they won most of their balls in their court, made successful drives into the opponent’s territory and provided entertaining dummies in the process to seal the quarter 18-10.

Determined to spoil their opponent’s victory party, Kitisuru came out strongly in the third quarter, taking full control of the play.

They returned with vengeance in both unleashing baskets and holding back their rivals.

Joseph Musau and Cliff Gatonye of Kitisuru played a pivotal role in ensuring that they were back in contention.

With the aid of George Mwaniki, they grabbed 12 points, while their rivals managed only 10 in the low-scoring quarter.

Musau had 10 points, while both Gatonye and Mwaniki managed eight apiece for the visitors.

The last quarter saw the hosts assume the driving seat with Kimeu sinking three successive three-pointers within a span of five minutes. This helped in increasing the disparity, that enabled St. Mary’s add 33 to Kitisuru’s 16.

“I expected a much better game from my team. I’m disappointed with our inability to break the Saint’s defence.

“We will see where we went wrong but I must congratulate our opponents for their victory,” said Kitisuru’s coach, John Otieno.

St. Mary’s have now been grouped in a tough group that has five-time national champions, St. Austin’s, 2005 Provincial winners Aquinas High School and Eastleigh High School.

27 February 2008

LIBERIA : Barrolle pinned Dream Team

by Numennie Williams -

Mighty Barrolle on Sunday Feb, 24 pinned Dream Team 50-49 points in the on going Liberia Basketball Federation national league. The match which was a see saw one kept the many spectators at the edge of their seats throught out the four quarters. Before that match, former female champions Phoenix fell to current champion K-Deltas 29-47 points. On Saturday LPRC Oilers lost to Uhuru Kings 68-69 points and in the female division, Destiny Queens whipped SOS Trotters 32-20 points.

KENYA : 16 Through to Second Round of City Contest

by Sammy Kitula

Sixteen teams have qualified for the second round of the Nairobi Secondary Schools boys' basketball league expected to start Thursday at the respective schools.

Defending champions St. Austin's' 92-11 whipping of Sunshine High School last week ensured they topped their pool to set up an early meeting with 2006 winners Jaffery Academy in the coming round.
Jaffrey, who have been seeded top in the pre-quarters round, had also won all their matches in the preliminaries.
Others who have secured tickets for the second round include St. Mary's School, St. Theresa's Secondary, Aquinas High, Malezi High, Kenya Muslim Secondary and Highway Secondary.
Starehe Boys Centre, Upper Hill, Moi Forces Academy, Pumwani Secondary, Dagoretti High, Strathmore, Lenana and Nairobi School complete the list.
Lenana's 'Rockers' romped into the second round of the basketball league after whipping a hapless Uhuru High School 67-15 in a one-sided match last Friday.
Lenana led 19-0 in the first quarter as Maxwell Njaramba, Peter Maina and Riaz Kiprotich ran riot in Uhuru's half.
The rout continued in the second and third quarters, with Uhuru managing nine points in the two quarters as the Rockers extended their score line to 55.
In the last quarter, Lenana coach, Raymond Kinyua, brought in his second string side which managed 12 points as Uhuru added six baskets to their tally.
Samuel Ogutu impressed in the relatively inexperienced Uhuru team, scoring a remarkable three-pointer in the last quarter.
Kinyua said that the team had been improving gradually after winning all their matches in Pool E despite their training being hampered by the poll violence.
"We couldn't manage to hold our annual Founders Tournament and friendly matches because of the chaos. In the past, this has given our players enough exposure before the league starts. Nonetheless, we have a team that can clinch the Nairobi title this year," he added.

Determined Pumwani

In other matches, Dagoretti High School humbled Karengata 46-34 at home in a Group B to march to the second round.
In Pool F, Kenya Muslim had to endure a determined Pumwani High School, before beating them 41-38 at home.
Muslim overwhelmed Pumwani's defence in the dying minutes of the tight contest.
Most of the first round matches were hampered as many schools were on half-term breaks.
But NSSSA basketball secretary Peter Manundu says that the second round will run smoothly as many of the city schools are back from the breaks.
"We were set back by (the break) issue, but as we begin round two (of the league), we expect it to be smooth," he said.


The second round involving 16 teams will run until March 6. The quarter-finals are set for March 8, semi-finals on March 15, while the play-offs and finals will be held on March 29.
Winners of the Nairobi tournament will represent the province during the national championships from April 7 to 13 at Mang'u High School.
Manundu said venues for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final will be neutral and the participating teams shall be notified at a later date.
"Venues for knockout matches will be such that none of the qualifying teams will enjoy home advantage," he said.

TANZANIA : Chang'ombe Boys, UDSM in Super Cup Tie

Dar es Salaam based Chang'ombe Boys need an outright victory in today's clash against University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) so as to qualify for the semi-finals in the ongoing Kili Super Cup basketball championship.
The Chang' ombe Boys win will also ease pressure on holders JKT, who face elimination after losing one match and winning another in their group.
Should Chang' ombe Boys lose the clash, the team to progress to the semi-final will be decided by the number of points earned during the preliminaries. Savio from Group B have already won the semi-final berth after posting two wins and now await today's clash between Vijana and Oilers to conclude the last four pairings.
Dar es Salaam champions Vijana have a psychological advantage ahead of today's final clash against the Oilers.

26 February 2008

NIGERIA : Stage Set for More State Finals

Asuelimen Osasuyi

All is now set for more state finals of this year's Nestle Milo Secondary Schools Basketball Championship.

According to the fixtures released by the organizers, Kwara, Benue and Niger States would hold their finals between today Tuesday, February 26 and Wednesday, February 27.

Kwara State finals will also hold at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Ilorin Township Stadium today Tuesday, Febraury 26 while Benue State finals will hold at the Japo Amchaver Memorial Secondary School, Mase, along Makurdi-Alijade Road tomorrow Wednesday 27. Niger State finals will also hold at the 1-2-3 Sports Field, Minna also tomorrow Wednesday, February 27.

In other matches, Ebonyi State finals will hold on Friday, February 29 at the Basketball Pitch, Ezza Road, Abakaliki while Rivers and Enugu State finals would hold on Saturday, March 1 at the Police Officer's Mess Basketball Centre, Old GRA, Port-Harcourt and Indoor Sports Hall of the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium, Enugu, respectively.

Imo State finals will hold on Sunday, March 2 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri.

On Monday, March 3, Osogbo Township Stadium, Osogbo will host Osun State final while the state finals of Cross River, Ondo, Oyo and FCT would hold on Tuesday, March 4.

Meanwhile, states' finals have been held in Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba, Borno, Kaduna and Zamfara.

KENYA : KCB Set Year's Goal

by Dann O'were

National champions KCB Lions' focus this year is the regional club title and a ticket to the Africa Club championships, head coach Francis Ngunjiri has said.

The bankers long-serving tactician told SportFest he was optimistic Lions will roar to greater heights and make a mark in the continental tournament to be played later in the year at a venue yet to be determined.

"I am positive Lions will win the regional crown and represent Zone Five in the Africa Club championships." said Ngunjiri, adding: "Last year's defeat to host club APR of Rwanda in the final was hard to swallow.

Ngunjiri said losing that finals in Kigali was one of his most painful memories that he wants reverse. Lions succumbed 71-80 in an epic duel that saw five key players fouled out in the dying minutes.

"Everybody knew why we lost that final to the home team. We will set the record straight and show we are the best team in the region," said Ngunjiri, who wants this year's tournament be held in Bujumbura, Burundi, as earlier planned.

He said he plans to beef up his playing unit by three players whom he has identified before the training starts early next month.

" I have identified three players who will join my team for the new season when training starts in a few days' time," he said and refused to disclose their names until the deal is sealed.

Lions won their second league title in 20 years when they shut our rivals Co-operative Bank of Kenya 2-0 in the play offs finals.

Meanwhile, KCB Lions and national team forward, Yoni Wanambiro, has been released to play in a special tournament in Dar es salaam ,Tanzania.

Agina Wesonga, the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) chairman yesterday told SportFest that Wanambiro has been released to play for Oilers club for the 10-day Super Cup that starts this weekend in Dar and ends on March 2.

He said Wanambiro had followed procedures while seeking release from his club and has been given the all clear for the tournament. His participation, he noted, will make him an even better player.

Wanambiro, whose first assignment for the national team was in last year's Zone Five All Africa Games qualifiers in Kigali, Rwanda, has emerged as one of the finest players in the region. Last year, he guided Lions to their first league title since 2001.

"Yoni has followed the right channels and paid the clearance fee to play in this tournament. As KBF, we have given him our blessings and wish him well," said Wesonga, adding that tournament will make him a better player.

The player is expected back after the the tournament to join his club's preparations.

The national champions are scheduled to start their preparations for the season at their Ruaraka Den.

The national Premier league is slated for April. But the exact dates will be released after the new KBF office is in place. The federation is expected to go to the polls next month to elect new office bearers.

Meanwhile, Nairobi Basketball Association (NBA) will hold a coaches' clinic at Langata High School starting Saturday, chairman Ronny Owino has announced.

Owino said the clinic will be conducted by Kenyatta University and national team head coach Gitau Waringo. He asked aspiring coaches at schools and clubs to attend.

"This will be an important clinic for the schools especially now that their programmes has started.

They will have a lot to gain. Besides schools, we want clubs in Nairobi to also attend" he said.

25 February 2008

TANZANIA : JKT hit UDSM Outsiders in Kili basketball Super Cup

DEFENDING Champion JKT yesterday thrashed UDSM Outsiders 72-39 in a one-sided Kili Super Cup basketball League at the National Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam. The victors started strongly taking 19-6 lead in the first quarter.

The one way traffic continued in the second quarter as the army side keeps scoring almost at will to post 31-13 lead at the breather. In the third quarter, UDSM Outsiders woke up from their cat-nap to reduce the tally as they scored 24 points against 10 of JKT. However, they could not contain the charging army-men in the last quarter.

JKT’s points were scored by Ashraf Haroun who managed 15 points while Juma Kissoky scored 12 points. Claudio Kisanko and Ibrahim Mwinyi of UDSM Outsiders score 11 and 9 points respectively. It was a second successive victory for JKT. They launched their campaign on a sound note on Saturday, beating Don Bosco 56-45 at the same venue.

In another men’s game, Savio beat Vijana ‘City Bulls’ 68-57 in a lively match played at the same venue. Both team started strongly as they exchanged quick points. Savio took 16-14 lead in the first quarter before extending their lead to 37-25 at the break. The third quarter saw Savio maintaining their command to lead 48-39.

Savio’s Mohammed Yusuf score 17 points, while Gilbert Batungi scored 16 points. Evergreen Mohammed Ally ‘Dibo’ and Abdallah Ramadhani ‘Dulla’ were the highest scorers for Vijana as they scored 20 and 10 points respectively. Earlier, JKT Stars beat Jeshi Stars 64-23 in ladies league.

TANZANIA : JKT beat Don Bosco in Super Cup

JKT yesterday launched their campaign in the basketball Kili Super Cup with a win after beating Don Bosco Lady Lions 56-45 at the Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam. JKT started strongly taking the lead in the first quarter of the game 18-10.

They continued to boss the game and finished the first half 29-20. With inspirational Nelly Ayigite who managed to score 16 points, Lady Lion could not manage to close the gap and the game finished 56-45. In the men’s category JKT played Chang’ombe boys late in the evening.

Today the tourney continues with six teams battling it out. Jeshi Stars against JKT Stars, JKT will be up against UDSM Outsiders whereas Vijana will sort out their differences with Savio. Special guest players from Uganda and Kenya are expected to spice up the one-week event.

The winner is expected to bag 6.5m/-, first runner up 3m/- whereas the team which finishes third will smile away with 2m/-. The Super Kili six teams are Vijana City Bulls, Savio, Oilers, JKT, Chango’mbe Boys and UDSM Outsiders while ladies category there are JKT Stars, Jeshi Stars Don Bosco Lady Lions and Cargo ladies.

RWANDA : Heroes Tourney to Open B-Ball Season

by Julius Mbaraga

This year's Basketball season will be preceded next Saturday with a two-day National Heroes tournament. APR, the event organizers have established that the tournament is open to all local clubs.
"We have sent out invitations to all clubs and although no club has responded yet, we expect a big turn-up," APR's coach Cliff Owuor said.
Just like in the past, the tournament will shortly be followed by a two-day international edition which according to APR will attract clubs from Burundi, Uganda and Kenya.
The local edition will shortly be followed by an international competition in the first weekend of March.
APR won last year's edition after thrashing Burundi's Dynamo in the final.

RWANDA : CSK Juniors Lift Nile Day Cup

ulius Mbaraga

Patrick Kamuntu scored a game-high 17 points as Cercle Sportif (CSK B) won the 2008 Nile Day Cup on Thursday.

With 20 seconds left and the score 49-48 in favor of CSK B, AGF missed four free throws to dent their chances of a late surge at Amahoro indoor courts.

Despite AGF claiming the third and fourth quarters 11-08, 12-11, CSK B's physical presence, superior ball handling and pace epitomized by Kamuntu gave them a 30-25 lead at half time which proved very decisive at the end of the day.

After being crowned champions, Emmanuel Rugumire, the National project coordinator for the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) commended both teams for putting up an outstanding performance.
"It was very close and exciting game," he acknowledged.

"The NBI theme for this year is 'the youth' so we saw it fit to stage such a tournament. We have started with basketball but we intend to expand in other sporting disciplines as well," Rugumire continued.

"After a false debut in last year's league, this victory is a bit of a consolation for us," Kamuntu said.

23 February 2008

RWANDA : Heroes tourney to open B-ball season


This year’s Basketball season will be preceded next Saturday with a two-day National Heroes tournament.

APR, the event organizers have established that the tournament is open to all local clubs.
"We have sent out invitations to all clubs and although no club has responded yet, we expect a big turn-up," APR’s coach Cliff Owuor said.
Just like in the past, the tournament will shortly be followed by a two-day international edition which according to APR will attract clubs from Burundi, Uganda and Kenya.
The local edition will shortly be followed by an international competition in the first weekend of March.

APR won last year’s edition after thrashing Burundi’s Dynamo in the final.

TANZANIA : JKT, Chang\'ombe Boys meet in Kili Super Cup opener

By Renatha Msungu

JKT start to defend their title today when they play Chang`ombe Boys in the Kili Super Cup men`s opening match at the Indoor Stadium.
The Dar es Salaam Basketball (BD) Information Officer, Michael Maluwe, said yesterday that JKT Queens and Don Bosco Queens would also meet in the women`s match on the same ground today.
He said the league would attract six men`s and four women\'s teams.
Other men`s teams are Vijana, Oilers, UDSM Outsider and Savio. Women`s teams are Jeshi Stars, Cargo Ladies, Don Bosco Queens and JKT Stars.
Men`s winners will be awarded 6.5m/-, a trophy and individual certificates while first and second runners-up will be given 3m/- and 2m/- respectively.
Women`s winners will pocket 500,000/- while first and second runners-up will take home 300,000/- and 100,000/- respectively.
There will be also awards for best player, best coach, best defender and best scorer in both categories.
Meanwhile, Oilers have revealed players who will play for them in the league.
The team`s coach, Salehe Zonga, yesterday named foreign players in the team as Yoni Wanambiro from KCB of Kenya and Albert Lukunje from APR of Rwanda.
Local players in the squad are Alex George, Albert Kasigara, Naftal Msogot, Lusajo Samwel, Ntwa Mwandemani, Philip Haule, Gerald Baru, Amos Mgwasa, George Baguma, Steve Mtemilonda, Godfrey Bayeke, Habib Kassim and Isaac Kimambo.
The team will play Savio on Monday.

22 February 2008

CAPE VERDE : Round 2 Predio/CVT vs ABC

In what was called the remake of last year Santiago South final championship game, this time with a different ending.
Predio was able to hold on to the lead, which they did not do last year, and beat ABC 57 to 56.

For the first big game of the season, between the two finalists from last years championship, brought the idea that basketball in the city of Praia is well alive, an exciting game that brought many fans into the gymnasium to watch the game. Just when this year championship was labeled one of the worst in history, due to the participation of only four teams, it bounced back with an excitement game for the fans.

Result : Predio/CVT (57) - (56) ABC

TANZANIA : IST determined to win regional basketball title

by Renatha Msungu

The International School of Tanganyika (IST) basketball coach, Bahati Mgunda, has boasted that his team would win this year`s East and Central Africa girls` title.
The regional international schools` championships will be held in Dar es Salaam on March 6 and 8.
Mgunda said he had prepared his team very well to make sure that the girls` title remains in Tanzania.
He said the championships would attract men`s and girls` teams in the region.
The teams will come from Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and hosts IST.

NIGERIA : Senator Laments State of B'Ball

Dayo Thomas

A Senator, Usman Umar has condemned the neglect suffered by basketball despite the abundant talents in the country. He therefore urged stakeholders to invest in the development of the game.

Umar stated this at the inauguration of Premier Basketball Foundation (PBF), advocated support from both private and corporate organisations to assist basketball at the grassroots level.
He said: "Nigerians have started arriving when it comes to basketball sports, so itís an innovation for us to support government when it concerns basketball at grassroots level,"
He described the foundation as an innovation in the area of funding basketball in the country.

Responding, Mr Tijani Umar, president of PBF, said that the foundation would contribute to the growth and development of grassroots basketball through a private and effective avenue.
'This foundation will be an umbrella that will nurture kids in primary and secondary schools through our sustainable program, "so that a reservoir of talents can be created for the benefit of our national and international basketball engagements," he added. Tijani said the foundation would also provide a pedestal for young players to make a success of both academic and athletic pursuits.

UGANDA : Clubs Want MTN Money

by Sande Bashaija

Kampala City Council (KCC) Leopards, Mogas Falcons and A-1 Challenge are up in arms against the Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations (Fuba) over prize money due to them for emerging victorious in last year's league.

KCC Leopards are the women's champions after beating A-1 Challenge while Falcons took the men's trophy. "I can't believe we are yet to receive our prize money yet the season is soon beginning. The money is ours but I wonder why they (Fuba) are not giving it to us," KCC treasurer Denis Karugaba told Daily Monitor yesterday.

According to Karugaba, league sponsors MTN released the money last month and there is no reason Fuba should be holding onto it.

The champions are entitled to Shs2m each and first runners-up Shs1m. Clubs argue they need the money to re-build their teams ahead of the 2008 league that gets underway in early April. "I have inquired about the money for some time now. But I won't give up because the club needs it," A-1 Challenge treasurer Ali Mavita said.

"Of course teams would use such money to bring in some recruits. I think Fuba has sincerely delayed," Falcons' Henry Malinga said. Fuba official Joe Burua says preparations are underway to handover the money to the clubs.

21 February 2008

UGANDA : Rhino Not Yet Relegated

by Sande Bashaija

CHARGiNG Rhino have not been relegated to the Second Division. The 1997 National Basketball League champions suffered a scare this week when it was reported in the press that they had been demoted to the lower division after finishing bottom third in the topflight last season.

But according to Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations (Fuba) this is not true. Fuba rules and regulations state that at the end of every season the bottom two sides in each division are relegated and two promoted but with a provision of the technical committee making adjustments.

Fuba publicity secretary Joe Burua said the technical committee has suggested that three teams be relegated but no final decision has been made.
"They presented their suggestion to the executive on Monday. However they must have strong justification for such a rule to be amended. The recommendation has not been passed," Burua said.
But Rhino senior player David Kiberu believes it may be too late to reverse the relegation decision.
"If the technical committee has decided then we are gone. But I think it's ridiculous and can't understand why they are doing this at a time when we are preparing for the new season," Kiberu said yesterday.

Rhino have struggled in the past four years but were trying to rebuild their squad ahead of the new season and are eyeing former MVP Norman Blick.

20 February 2008

NIGERIA : Premier Basketball Foundation Launched in Abuja

by Ismaila Umaru Lere

A journey of one thousand miles begins with a step.And something akin to a big stride in the direction of the development of basketball was taken in Abuja with the official launching of a grassroot aca-demy.

Amidst plaudits and high expectations, the Premier Bas-ketball Foundation was unveiled yesterday by Senator Usman Kibiya Umar, a former President of Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF.

While launching the foun-dation, Senator Umar lauded the efforts of its founders, who he described as his acolytes during his days at the helms of Nigerian basketball.

He therefore advised them to stand firm in their efforts towards the development of the game in the country.

"There are some people who for whatever reasons will try to undermine the progress and success of the foundation. You have to remain steadfast and focus to attain your set objecti-ves," he said.

The senator said he was elated when he saw the invi-tation for the event, adding that the foundation came at an auspicious time.

Also speaking at the occa-sion, the President of the foun-dation, Alhaji Tijjani Umar said the idea of the academy was borne out of the desire to contri-bute meaningfully and selflessly to the growth and development of the game.

"I believe that there is a commonality of view among all of us that there is an urgent need to work with kids in primary and secondary schools in order to develop and nurture them through sustainable program-mes, so that a reservoir of talent is created for the benefit of our future national and international engagements," he said, stres-sing that a private, efficient, accountable avenue is required in view of the obvious inability of our public sports institutions to invest tangibly in basketball over the past several years.

In his goodwill message, Brigadier General J.G. Yakubu, the special guest of honour, applauded the foundation for the valiant initiative, saying it was a step forward in the right direction.

But, he further warned that, "progress is not only about winning and organising compe-titions. Of course, we've been doing that all along. It's all about projects and programmes like this that will target the youth and help them develop their talent and grow into future stars."

He urged the students of the academy to maximise the opportunity at hand so as to actualise their dreams as future basketball players.

Similarly, Mr. Oliver Johnson, a veteran basketball coach, advised the youngsters to adhere to the principle of discipline and scholarship if they are to make a successful career in the hoop sport.

Already, the foundation has started assisting some of its young players with opportuni-ties to further their education abroad and also play at higher levels.

Sarah Imoubioh is one of the lucky ones pencilled down for a development programme in the United States of America.

She would soon proceed to the St. Anne's College in Virginia to pursue her education and harness her talent.
"I am grabbing this opportu-nity and I will work hard to actualise my dreams," says 16-year-old Imoubioh, who told Trustsports that she has been horning her basketball skills with the academy for over two years.

Also speaking to Trustsports, Colonel Saleh Bala, founder of One Deevers basketball team and a long-time supporter of the game said the sustainability of the programme is paramount.
"Without doubt this is a giant stride and I hope the foundation will continue to wax stronger for the benefit of the sport we all cherish," he intoned.

KENYA : Basketball Branches Hold Elections

by Dann O'were And Peter Atsiaya

Several Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) branches held their elections over the weekend.

In Central Province, Eric Nyangweso was re-elected chairman, in elections held in Thika over last weekend

In Central province, Eric Nyangweso was elected Chairman, with Robert Kiambati and Francis Njuguna as the first and second vice chairman respectively.

The post of the secretary went to Charles Wanjala, while assistant secretary was Kennedy Wanjui.

Treasurer was Richard Ndichu while his assistant was Patrick Ngatia. Fixtures secretary was given to Peter Kimani assisted by Raphael Waweru.

Eastern province elected Chris Kinyua as chairman, Fred Muthama, 1st vice chairman, John Njagi

2nd vice chairman, Ambrose Kisoi, secretary Kinyanjui Ngunjiri, assistant secretary, Vincent Kumuyu

Treasurer, Patrick Njagi, assistant treasurer, Raymond Kinyua fixtures secretary, and Daniel Kisavi as his Assistant.

Nyanza KBF branch will hold its elections this weekend.

Outgoing chairman, Timon Oyucho, said the elections, which were called off due to post elections, would be held in Kisumu City this Saturday.

"Preparations for the elections are complete. We hope delegates would elect officials with interests in the game," said Oyucho.

KBF outgoing national chairman Agina Wesonga said a date for the national polls would be announced once all the branches complete their elections.

Meanwhile, KBF Western branch has released a calendar of events for this season, with some events having been held. They include a basketball-coaching clinic and branch elections.

The annual Fridah Shiroya tournament, the first championship on the federation's calendar was held at Kaimosi complex over the weekend.

Branch chairman, Ali Masiolo, said that the next event will be Mike Arunga sponsored Makambo open tournament, at St Peters Mumias this weekend.
The chairman's cup, sponsored by Masiolo will be staged at Friends School Kamusinga between March 1st and 2nd.

Masiolo added that Madaraka Day national tournament would be held on June 1st at the Kakamega Police canteen.

"The last event on our calendar will be the juniors championship which will be held at Booker Academy in Mumias from June 11th to 12th," said Masiolo.

NIGERIA : Lagos City League Starts March 20

by Pius Ayinor

The 4th edition of the Lagos City League will take the jump ball March 20 at the Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.

The Chairman of the Lagos State Basketball Association (LSBBA), Babs Ogunade said that the league will retain the 12 team format for men and four for women.

The date and other details were agreed on at the association's stakeholders meeting held last Wednesday at the Rowe Park Sports Centre, Yaba with members of the LSBBA and club representatives.

LSBBA Secretary, Uthman Ola-Okunnu told the gathering that teams will be admitted on first come first serve basis as the association is providing a level playing ground for all the teams in Lagos State with March 8 as deadline for registration.

FIBA rules will apply in the organisation of the league which is to provide an alternative to the Premier League organised by the Nigeria Basketball Federation for both premier league teams and those in lower divisions.

A combined referee and coaches' clinic will precede the league.

Meanwhile, the University of Lagos International School by the weekend recorded a double victory over Belina College in the boys' and girls' categories of the Ivy league.

ISL girls handed down a 16-4 defeat to the Belina girls while its male counterpart rose from an eight-point deficit in the first half (26-18) to inflict a 50-34 points defeat on the Belina boys.
In another match played last week also America International School defeated Greensprings 52-27 in the boys category while Avi-Cenna and Ifako International posted a 39-19 points and 41-19 points wins over Indian Language School in the boy's event.

The Indian Language School girls, unlike their male counterpart, were more purposeful in the three matches they played with victories over Avi-Cenna (14-11), Vivian Fowler (24-5) and Ifako International School (14-3) respectively.

Action continues this week as group games draw to a close.

19 February 2008

UGANDA : Two for FIBA heads meets

Basketball association president Ambrose Tashobya and executive member Yunus Nkutu will represent Uganda at the FIBA basketball heads of commissions and committees clinics from tomorrow to February 28 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Tashobya will attend the heads of commissions' clinic in his capacity as Zone V Women and Youth basketball Commission boss while Nkutu travels as head of the Zone V coaches' committee. "Local associations like FUBA can only be recognised by FIBA (the world basketball governing body) if they attend their clinics," technical committee member Joseph Manano said.

KENYA : Shimo, Baptist in Kajembe Cup Semi Finals

Shimo la Tewa, Baptist, Tudor and Taru secondary schools booked their places in the semi finals of the Ramadhan Kajembe basketball tournament after topping their groups during matches at Baptist ground in Mombasa on Saturday.

Baptist topped group A of the schools category after winning both their matches against Taru (57-13) and Khamis (41-7). Taru finished second after winning a match over Khamis (27-10).

Shimo la Tewa finished top in group B after recording 26-23, 45-17 victories over Tudor and Serani respectively with Tudor taking second spot having beaten Serani 21-19.

Taru were drawn against Shimo with Baptist facing Tudor in semi-final matches slated for Sunday afternoon at the same venue.

In the girls schools category, Shimba Hills defeated Waa Girls 27-18. The two schools were to meet again Sunday for the final match as they were the only girls teams to confirm participation.

Early results for matches played on Saturday were: Rollers 26 Makupa Lakers 35; Makande Rebels 48 Buxton Hawks 23; Makupa Lakers 39 Ocean Airs 13; World of Life 32 Buxton Hawks 34.

The tournament which attracted capacity crowd was organised by the Coast Basketball Federation (CBF) under the leadership of its newly elected chairman, Helmi Ali.

In Nakuru, The on and off Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Rift Valley branch elections which were set to be held at Menengai High School , Nakuru Sunday were postponed in the eleventh hour.

Delegates from various clubs which included Egerton university, Nakuru Youth and Nakuru Club were already seated in the hall ready to cast their votes when they were informed by the returning officer Albanus Mala that the elections had been cancelled..

The outgoing secretary general Richard Kanda said that the polls had been shelved after the delegates from Eldoret and Kericho said they could not attend the polls due to the security situation in the country following the post-election violence in their respective areas.

Kanda who has declared his interest for the post of the chairman said the elections will now be held at the same venue on Saturday.

Other candidates who have shown keen interest in the vacant positions include Sejo Delewa (chairman), Jack Okongo (treasurer), Edwin Odour (assistant secretary, Abel Kimondo (fixtures secretary), Miriam Ndungu and Michael Kariuki who are eying the assistant treasurer seat.

At the same time, the Kenya Basketball Federation national office has issued a strong warning to individuals who have allegedly planned a parallel Coast Basketball Federation elections in Mombasa Monday that they will be banned from all federation activities if they go ahead with the polls.

18 February 2008

UGANDA : Mulwana joins A-1 Challenge

by Sande Bashaija

UTILITY guard Olivia Mulwana is the latest player to declare her intentions of quitting 2003 women champions Makerere Sparks. The three-point shooting maestro is joining 2005 champions and last year's losing finalists A-1 Challenge.

“Its unfortunate I am leaving a club I love but there is no option. I was forced to make the decision,” Mulwana said. Sparks, who failed to make the play-offs last season, have already lost captain Marion Nakaziba and Carol Nantalo to champions KCC Lions. Vicky Nassolo is also soon completing a move to Kampala International University (KIU) Rangers.

“I have gone through a lot of hardships with Sparks but unfortunately the club management has let us down. They have sold off players behind our backs yet we were trying to re-build,” Mulwana said.

“I am a free agent having spent more than two years at Sparks." Mulwana joined Sparks from Amazon Rhino in 2003 on a free transfer and is hoping to complete her move to A-1 Challenge without any hassles. Mulwana hopes to win honours with A-1 Challenge before she can call time on her career.

“Currently I am very busy but I can train very well with A-1 since they are near my work place,” she added.

KENYA : Shimo, Baptist in Kajembe Cup semi finals

Publication Date: 2/18/2008

Shimo la Tewa, Baptist, Tudor and Taru secondary schools booked their places in the semi finals of the Ramadhan Kajembe basketball tournament after topping their groups during matches at Baptist ground in Mombasa on Saturday.

Baptist topped group A of the schools category after winning both their matches against Taru (57-13) and Khamis (41-7). Taru finished second after winning a match over Khamis (27-10).

Shimo la Tewa finished top in group B after recording 26-23, 45-17 victories over Tudor and Serani respectively with Tudor taking second spot having beaten Serani 21-19.

Taru were drawn against Shimo with Baptist facing Tudor in semi-final matches slated for Sunday afternoon at the same venue.

In the girls schools category, Shimba Hills defeated Waa Girls 27-18. The two schools were to meet again Sunday for the final match as they were the only girls teams to confirm participation.

Early results for matches played on Saturday were: Rollers 26 Makupa Lakers 35; Makande Rebels 48 Buxton Hawks 23; Makupa Lakers 39 Ocean Airs 13; World of Life 32 Buxton Hawks 34.

The tournament which attracted capacity crowd was organised by the Coast Basketball Federation (CBF) under the leadership of its newly elected chairman, Helmi Ali.

In Nakuru, The on and off Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Rift Valley branch elections which were set to be held at Menengai High School , Nakuru Sunday were postponed in the eleventh hour.

Delegates from various clubs which included Egerton university, Nakuru Youth and Nakuru Club were already seated in the hall ready to cast their votes when they were informed by the returning officer Albanus Mala that the elections had been cancelled..

The outgoing secretary general Richard Kanda said that the polls had been shelved after the delegates from Eldoret and Kericho said they could not attend the polls due to the security situation in the country following the post-election violence in their respective areas.

Kanda who has declared his interest for the post of the chairman said the elections will now be held at the same venue on Saturday.

Other candidates who have shown keen interest in the vacant positions include Sejo Delewa (chairman), Jack Okongo (treasurer), Edwin Odour (assistant secretary, Abel Kimondo (fixtures secretary), Miriam Ndungu and Michael Kariuki who are eying the assistant treasurer seat.

At the same time, the Kenya Basketball Federation national office has issued a strong warning to individuals who have allegedly planned a parallel Coast Basketball Federation elections in Mombasa Monday that they will be banned from all federation activities if they go ahead with the polls.

NIGERIA : Ivy League - ISL in double win over Belina

University of Lagos International School last week recorded a double victory over Belina College in the boys' and girl's cadre of the Ivy league.
The ISL as the UNILAG International are often called handed down a 16-04 points defeat to the Belina girls while its male counterpart rose from an 8 points down in the first half (26-18) to inflict a 50-34 points defeat on the Belina boys.

In another match played last week also America International School defeated Greensprings by 52-27 points in the boys category while Avi-Cenna and Ifako International posted a 39-19 points and 41-19 points wins over Indian Language School in the boy's cadre.
The Indian Language School girls unlike their male counterpart were more purposeful in the three matches they played last week with victories over Avi-Cenna (14-11), Vivian Fowler (24-05) and Ifako International School (14-03) respectively.

Action continues this week as group games draw to a close.

NIGERIA : Lagos City league starts March 20… Pardon Seyi Ayodele

The 4th editions of the Lagos City league will jump-start on March 20 this year at the Sports Hall of the Lagos National Stadium.

The league according to the Chairman of the Lagos State Basketball Association, Babs Ogunade will retain the twelve team format for men and four for women.

The date was agreed on at the association's stakeholders meeting held last Wednesday at the Rowe Park Sports Centre, Yaba with members of the LSBBA led by Ogunade and club owners/ representatives.

LSBBA Secretary, Uthman Ola-Okunnu told the gathering that team will be admitted on first come first serve basis as the association is providing a level playing ground for all the teams in Lagos State with March 8 as deadline for registration.

All FIBA rules will be adhere to in the organization of the league which is to provide an alternative to the premier league organized by the Nigeria Basketball Federation.

City league secretary and image maker of the LSBBA, Olusegun Ikuesan says this year's edition of the league will be far better organized than that of last year.

'We will definitely improve on our last year record where a total number of 145 matches were played by the twelve teams from the regular stage to the playoff.

'The league is growing and so also the organization and sponsorship drive as we strive to give our teeming clubs, coaches, players and fans a worthwhile time.

A combine referee and coaches clinic will precede the league so as to keep everybody abreast of the latest rules that govern the game especially when Lagos has been chosen as one of the venue for the hosting of the 2009 edition of the biggest basketball fiesta on the Africa continent - The 24th FIBA Africa Championship for Men known as the Cup of Nations.

The association also announced the lifting of the one year suspension placed on Dodan Warriors guard and former junior international, Seyi Ayodele.

It will be recalled that the Warriors guard was suspended by the LSBBA after he was found wanting for assaulting a referee in the week-two game involving his team, Warriors and Islanders basketball club last year.

LSBBA chairman, Ogunade who announced the lifting of the ban on the player says the player has tendered a letter of apology and has promised to be of good behaviour In future.

The decision to lift the ban on player was applauded by the stakeholders present at the meeting.

UGANDA : Fuba Decision Abnormal - Rhino

Charles Mutebi

FORMER player, coach and now Charging Rhino official Robert Ndamagye has expressed surprise at the Federation of Uganda Basketball Association's decision to relegate the club following the federation's technical committee's ruling last week.

"It will be a surprise if we are relegated," Ndamagye, who had not been informed yet, said after the news was broken.

Ndamagye who led Rhino to their only championship as a coach player in 1997 said: "It would be devastating news but I only hope that the federation stayed in line with the rules and regulations," he added.

The Rhino thought they had survived the drop, finishing third in the top division last season but the committee ruled Tuesday that the best and last three finishers in the three men's divisions in the 2007 will be promoted and relegated respectively.

Rubaga Miracle Centre's Basketball Ministries will meanwhile host the MBC Challenger Series February 29 - March 2 with co-sponsorship from Rwenzori Beverages.

The sixth annual pre-season event will have the participation of some of the best teams in the country.

17 February 2008

MOROCCO : Day 14 results

IRT's team scoring guard Mustapha Khalfi took charge with only two minute left in the game and hit 2 three-pointer to give his team the lead and the win against local rival FUS. IRT had to work hard for the victory, having been incomprehensively outplayed by FUS in the first half (37-16). FUS players showed much better tactical organisation on the court and IRT's coach Bouzidi had tried unsuccessfully many different defenses (m&m, zone, triangle & 2). IRT players were playing without desire and showed a worrying lack of aggressiveness in defense and lack of ideas in offense, which is still based only on individualities. But right after half time IRT came more and more into the game thanks to a simple and normal 1-2-2 zone press and the lack of experience of FUS young line up. FUS resisted to IRT comeback on the score thanks to Bangoura Mourlaye (18 points, 11 rebounds) but Tunisian player Marouane Kechrid (20 points) took the ball in crunch time and made the decisive baskets to tie the game 2:30 minutes remaining in the game. Then Mustapha Khalfi (19 points) netted is only 3 three-pointer shots of the game and sealed another victory for IRT (65-75).
Despite this lost the inexperienced young and hunger FUS players showed in general a high level of discipline in offense and good consistency in defense, and are promising good results to come.

MAS secured his second place after a home victory over WAC (91-82). The teams exchanged runs in the first half with WAC earning a 14-16 lead after 1Q before MAS players responded to take a 38-36 halftime lead. Things stayed the same until MAS switched to a 2-3 zone defense and created many problems to WAC players. When WAC's coach decided to set a box and one defense in order to stop Alpha Traore good shooting range, Matar M'baye appeared and enjoyed a terrific game topscoring with 24 points and 8 assists. WAC players tried to stop the fire with a terrible unorganised match-up zone defense where Aloui Brahim (4 out of 5 three-pointer) and Hjira's double double (14 points, 14 rebounds) found easily the way to the basket. Michel Lasme topscored for WAC with a strong 21 points performance but was not enough as he did not receive any help from his teammates.

Saturday's other result saw RCA edge past ASS 81-77 and KAC struggling for a win over MET 61-64. TSC recovered from last weeks defeats with a 97-69 strong victory over CMC.

from Africabasket.com

EGYPT : Egyptian federation opens importing players till the end of the season

At last ,Importing players this season was released till the end of the season. The last date to add a player was the end of Jan this didn't help clubs to finish good deals. It seems that Somouha, Ahly ,Gezira, should benefit from this situation as they couldn't import a player yet. The team who will get a better player will be to close to win the league this season .

EGYPT : Gazco 93 Vs 96 Al-Ittihad

Club Al-Ittihad of Alexandria escaped from defeat and managed to win the game Against Gasco Club 96-93 after an extra time the match ended in a tie 85-85
Gasco players Surprised Al-Ittihad players and team with a new spirit and performance
Indeed, the first half ended in favour of Gasco 20-8
Al-Ittihad tried to compensation in the second quarter and has already been able to finish this quarter 36-34
In the third quarter Gasco was wining 63-55
In the fourth Al-Ittihad was able to make the game tied by 85-85
and In extra time was able to end the match with a win 96-93
This result despite the absence of the professional player for Gasco Saimeon as well as Mahmoud Abdel Farag -Gasco point guard- in overtime each of Aly Ganayni - Mahmoud Tawfiq - Khalid Mustafa of Gasco and Derek professional player for Al-ithhihad commit five fouls
And Mowafak player of Gasco left the game for injury

16 February 2008

ANGOLA : Interclube Beat União Da Catumbela

Interclube Thursday evening beat União da Catumbela, in Benguela province, by 81-48, in a fourth round match of the national senior males basketball tournament, played at "Acácias Rubras" pavilion.

Interclude was always ahead in the scores with the following results: 27-12, in the first quarter, and 46-23 by halftime.

By the third quarter the scores read 64-42 and the final was of 81-48.

Lifetu Selengue, of Interclube, was the best scorer with 19 points, followed by his team-mate Euclides Camacho with 13.

On Saturday, União da Catumbela, which obtained its fourth consecutive defeat, will receive Desportivo da Nocal, at the same venue.

ANGOLA : Petro, Interclube Game Highlight of 8th Round

The game between Petro de Luanda and Interclube, to happen on Saturday evening, in this city's Cidadela pavilion, is the highlight of the national senior males basketball championship's eighth round.

Actually, this weekend will be played two rounds, with the seventh round starting this Friday.

This Friday in Luanda, at 04:00 pm, will play Petro de Luanda against Desportivo da Huila, 1º de Agosto versus Imbondeiro de Viana (06:00 pm), ASA versus Sporting de Luanda (06:00 pm), and in Cabinda Province Promade de Cabinda will face Vila Clotilde.

On Saturday in Luanda, 1º de Agosto, leaders of the championship with 14 points, will play at home against ASA, a game considered to be a classic of the first division championship.

15 February 2008

UGANDA : Twist in rules as Rhinos are demoted

By Charles Mutebi

THE top and bottom three finishers in the three men’s national basketball league divisions in the 2007 league will be promoted and relegated respectively, instead of two as was expected.
The revelation was made by local basketball federation technical committee following their meeting on Tuesday at YMCA.
The decision implies that 1997 champions Charging Rhinos will be relegated for the first time to the second division, to be replaced by now promoted Gulu Hawks.
Committee member Joseph Manano said that the decision was in line with the rules and regulations.
“Our constitution stipulates that the technical committee will decide how many teams get promoted and relegated at the end of every season,” Manano explained.
He acknowledged that the decision was a sudden revision to the earlier messages that indicated that only two teams would go up and down.
But he promised that in the future, teams will know beforehand the full details of promotion and relegation.


Despite Malawi having alot of potential players who can improve basketball in Malawi,
it is still a dream to improve basketball in since most of the problems are not looked
into and dealt with.

A shortage of basketball courts is the major problem which affects basketball in Malawi.
Players have to travel long distances to find a basketball court. This affects them since
they reach at basketball courts already tired. Sometimes they do skip training days
because of fatigue.

The government of Malawi is also to be blamed for poor standards of basketball in Malawi.
The government only concentrate on funding football leaving basketball aside. Most of the leagues
do not continue due to a lack of funding. This causes a lot of players to not take basketball seriously
since they do not benefit from it.

Basketball can not develop without basketball coaches. This is the case in Malawi. Teams do
not have coaches instead they use their fellow players to coach them. This contributes to poor
standards of basketball since their fellow players cum coaches are not equiped with skills of coaching.

Medical aid is essential to all sporting activities. Most basketball players stop playing basketball for life
because when they are seriously injured on the court, there is no medical aid (first aid) to ease the situation.

For basketball to improve in Malawi, the above problems have to be looked into and dealt with immediately.
For example, in Angola there are many basketball courts, a lot of basketball coaches, plus the balls
are cheap. No wonder Angola is doing great in basketball.

by Blena Chisenga africabasket.com

14 February 2008

KENYA : Jaffery's Beat St. Mary's for Second Win

By Sammy Kitula

Jaffery's Academy beat St Mary's School 65-27 to claim their second straight win in the ongoing Nairobi Secondary Schools Association boys' basketball league.

The first two minutes of the game saw the scoreboard go blank as both teams as the teams sized up each other. Collins Maiteri, who was the top scorer for Jaffery's Academy with 22, put the first points on the board with a drive and a successful lay up and all the mind games stopped and the contest started in earnest.

Abraham Kimeu replied for St Mary's with a quick drive that caught the opponents napping.

"We had started the match on the wrong footing, letting our opponents dictate the pace. But after the second quarter, we found our rhythm and controlled the proceedings," said Jaffery's coach, Gabriel Ingotsi.

With a basket each, the game turned into a total war as the pace picked up and the ball was in both courts within 20 seconds as each team sought to light up their part of the scoreboard. When the first quarter ended, Jaffery's Academy, last year's finalists in this league, were led 9-8.

"The first quarter was just mixed up and we needed to correct our mistakes very fast. We committed numerous turnovers, that were just unnecessary," said Jaffery's captain, Collins Maiteri. And true to their word, they changed strategy as they came down hard on their opponents in the second quarter relentlessly sinking baskets from outside the three-point arc and from brilliant lay ups, all coming from culminating from well calculated passes and drives.
A combination of Maiteri, Lenus Mbega and Billy Kamau ensured that Jaffery's won most of their balls in their court, made successful drives into the opponent's court and provided entertaining dummies to lead 21-10 at half time

Such was Jaffery's domination that they outscored St Mary's 20-3 in the third quarter. St Mary's fought back bravely in the final quarter sinking baskets and defending well. Abraham Kimeu was the top scorer with 12.

The strategy worked, but it was a matter of too little too late as they lost the quarter 24-14. St Mary's coach, David Waigwa, attributed his team's loss to the fact that it took a while before the players could get used to the court. "It took my players a while before they got used to the rims. Playing away from home isn't an easy task, but we promise them a hard time in the return match next week," he said.

NIGERIA : Nestle Milo Commences School Basketball Contest

by Funmi Ogundare

All is now set for the commencement of the 10th edition of the Nestle Milo Secondary schools' Basketball championship, an annual event targeted at youths in secondary schools nationwide.

The Category Business Manager, Beverages and Confectionery, Mr. Walter Okafor told newsmen in Lagos that the submission of entry forms, earlier collected from state Ministries of Education, Sports Councils and other approved channels, ends on February 14.

State preliminaries of the competition will run from February 15 to March 4, with no fewer than 3,000 schools competing nationwide. This would be followed by the conference finals where finalists from the state preliminaries would compete in six regions between June and July.

At the end of the conference finals, he said, "We will be left with 12 teams in the boys and girls category. The 12 teams will compete in the national finals, to produce the overall winner in the boys and girls categories. This will run through the 22nd to 27th of September, 2008."

Okafor said, in line with the organisation's culture of celebrating winning moments, the first placed teams in both boys and girls categories would be given a branded basketball court each. "This is unprecedented in the history of the competition. The court will be constructed in their schools. However, where any of the winning school(s) already has a basketball court, we shall undertake to brand and refurbish it to good standards. In the event where the two first placed teams are from the same school, only one court shall be given, and the other team will receive a handsome reward", he said.

The second and third placed teams in both categories will receive upward reviews in the prize money from the previous sums of N100, 000 and N75, 000 to N150, 000 and N100, 000 respectively.

The individual prizes include medals to each member of the three teams, trophies to the most valuable players, fair play trophy to the schools, trophy award to the best three-point shooter in both categories, as well as best in slam dunk.

Nestle's Managing Director and Chief Executive, Mr. Klaus Wachsmuth said the championship had become a veritable platform for promoting social interaction, teamwork, talent identification and nurturing among youths. "I would like to assure you that Nestle Milo would continue to support the development of sport in Nigeria because we believe that it is a very strong platform for unity, social interaction and good sportsmanship", he said.

National President of the Nigerian School Sport Federation (NSSF), Dr. Thomas Adeleke called on school sports officers, Principals and Parents Teachers Association (PTA), to register their schools for the championship. "Students should embrace sports for the development of the brain, brawn and enviable strength of character and see the opportunity provided by the organisation as an epitome of co-existence of sports, academics and excellence", he said.

13 February 2008

EGYPT : Ahly lost the last three games

Ahly players lost again at their home court from Itthad 76-80.They couldn't cover Tarek EL Gannam injury loosing most of the rebounds under the rim.Itthad players are getting better every game they are sending a clear message to everyone that they will do something this season. Mohanad el sabagh played a great game last night scoring from every where.

RWANDA : Ferwaba Trims Down Team

Timothy Muvunyi

The local basketball governing body, Ferwaba has further trimmed down the junior national basketball team to 21 players ahead of the forthcoming African Cup of Nations qualifiers that will be staged in Kigali.

The selection was jointly handled by the federation's technical advisor Innocent Karuhije and the senior national basketball team coach Vaceslave Kavedzija who also doubles as the junior coach.

It is the second time that the provisional team has been trimmed down after having been trimmed down from 52 to 27 two weeks ago.

The 21-man team will further will cut down to 12 who will eventually represent Rwanda in the grand qualifiers in April.

"We have cut down the number to 21 and we shall continue doing so until we come up with the top 12," the federation's secretary general Jean Lucien Mugabo said.

Provisional team; J.Kwitonda, E.Gakwandi, E.Hakizimana, M.Gasana, F.Nyirinkwaya, A.Ukurikiyeyezu, B.Ndayizeye, A.Mugabe, P.Cyuzuzo, J.Girinshuti, P.Rukundo, Y.Ngirabakunzi, K.Rutagengwa, D.Nkurukiyinka, J.Kibamba, L.Hakizimana, M.Rafiki, I.Shaban, F.Gahuranyi, D.Gatete and M.Rusharaza.

12 February 2008

RWANDA : Ferwaba Lines Up All-Star Tourney

Julius Mbaraga

The local basketball federation (Ferwaba) has lined up an All-Star tournament this weekend to officially tip off the 2008 season.

The development was reached last Saturday when the federation convened at their Remera premises to draft this year's calendar.

According to Ferwaba's technical advisor Innocent Karuhije, the tournament will showcase Rwanda's top players as they square off in different departments ranging from, dribbling, three-point shootouts and dunks amongst others.

"The select teams will be mixed up with both league and national team players so all basketball fans should expect a thrilling event all the way," Karuhije disclosed before adding, "There's no doubt that fans will experience the thrill of watching the country's top players in action". The tournament tips off on Saturday with the preliminaries before winding up on Sunday with a grand finale.

Meanwhile, Timothy Muvunyi also reports that Rwanda's oldest basketball club Espoir led by Ferwaba's president Fidele Rutagarama smacked MOD 63-53 on Sunday to win the inaugural veterans' tournament at Amahoro courts.

The tournament attracted seven clubs including ARAB, Electrogaz, Mirror, Cercle Sportif and Kimisagara.

After the tournament, the event organizer Stratton Ahimana said the tournament is aimed at attracting young players, more fans and most importantly fostering solidarity amongst veterans.

NIGERIA : Ivy league - AIS, ST' Gregory in winning ways

American International School Lagos last week recorded a 33-29 point's win over Dowen College in the Ivy League for Private Secondary Schools in Lagos State and its metropolis on home court.

The boys from the AIS will battle their Greensprings counterpart Wednesday while their girls will also square up against the Greensprings girls same day.

Also last week the Edwin Jerry coached St' Gregory boys defeated Bailey Vidal tutored ADRAO International School boys by 34-20 points.

St' Gregory again brightened their chances of a quarter-final ticket with a 20-16 points win over Lebanese Community School.

Corona School defeated Chrisland College by 30-20 points; Nigeria Turkish School also had the better of the boys from Chrisland with a narrow win of 27-26 points.

Other results in the girls' category saw Holy Child College in double victories over ADRAO International (20-10) and Lebanese Community School (15-09) while Corona School defeated Chrisland by 22-14 points.

Two matches will be decided Tuesday with both games holding at Greensprings home court as Indian Language School came calling with their boys and girls teams searching for valuable points to brighten their chances of making it to the knock-out stages of the league.

And on Wednesday University of Lagos International School will be at home to visiting Belina College; Avi-Cenna International School will host Indian Language School while Corona and Nigeria Turkish School will do battle at the Agbara home court of the Corona School.

The last pairing on Wednesday will be the tie between Chrisland College and Ronik Comprehensive High School.

NIGERIA : 10th Milo Secondary Schools Basketball Match Begins

All is set for the kick-start of the 10th edition of the Nestle Milo Secondary Schools' Basketball Championship. An annual event, targeted at youths in secondary schools and colleges nationwide has had a profound impact on the grassroots development of the game in the country.

This was disclosed recently in Lagos by the Managing Director/CEO, Nestle Nigeria PLC, Mr. Klaus Wachsmuth, at a special media briefing to unveil plans for the 10th anniversary edition of the championship.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Wachsmuth explained that the key objectives of the championship remain the acceleration of basketball development in Nigeria, while positively engaging the youths and fostering better social interaction sand the spirit of sportsmanship.

"Our aim is for basketball to become Nigeria's favourite sport. And we also want to create a really strong base for boys and girls that we nurture through the championship. Then we'll have a bigger pool of talented players in our pathway system to represent Nigeria at international basketball events."

He stated that the competition has recorded various landmarks in the past decade of its existence. This includes annual participation which has grown from 30,000 students from 1,000 schools in 1999 to 80,000 students representing 3,197 schools in 2007. The annual fan base has also grown from 186,000 fans in 1999 to 330,000 fans in 2007.

"Overall, 21,000 schools have featured in the championship in the last ten years and the championship has witnessed 600,000 participants, while matches at all the stages have been watched by 2.5 million fans", he said.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Category Business Manager (Beverages), Mr. Walter Okafor announced that in this 10th commemorative year of the championship, the 1st placed teams in both boys and girls' categories will be given a state-of-the-art basketball court each. This is unprecedented in the history of the championship and will allow the students from these schools to further develop their skills through the provision of this special infrastructure.

He also announced the upward review of the prize money for the 2nd and 3rd placed teams to =N=150,000 and =N=100,000 respectively.
Individual prizes include medals to each member of the top three teams. Trophies will also be given to the Most Valuable Players (MVP), Fair Play trophies to the schools, trophy award to the Best 3-Point Shooters in both categories and Best in Slam Dunk.

He also assured that Nestle Milo will continue to sponsor the Future Champions Basketball Summer Academy/Clinic which will hold from 1st to 30th June 2008, the Top 50 Camp and the Train - the -Trainers Camp which will offer Nigerian basketball coaches the opportunity to learn new skills as they continue to instruct the nation's future basketball champions.

NIGERIA : LSSBA set for 4th City league

The 4th edition of the Lagos City Basketball League gets underway with an all inclusive stakeholders meeting slated for the Rowe Park Sports Centre, Lagos to discuss the modality for this year's league.

The stakeholders meeting involving members of the Lagos State Basketball Association, LSBBA, organizers of the league, club owners or their representatives, representative of the Lagos State referee council and the media is fixed for Wednesday, February 13.

According to the City league secretary, Olusegun Ikuesan, the association will retains the twelve team format for the men teams and four for the women as other details regarding the league which saw teams playing a minimum of 22 matches last year will be ironed out at the meeting.

Ikuesan, a journalist cum basketball administrator says the Babs Ogunade led LSBBA is prepared to do everything possible to give teams in Lagos State a worthy league that they will be proud of.

The City league is design to compliment the country flagship league - The Premier League organized by the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF and to give opportunity to teams who are not in the premier league.

11 February 2008

KENYA : Its business as Zone Five inaugurates an office in Nairobi

ZONE Five will soon get down to serious business following the inauguration of a secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya.

President Morris Aluanga told FIBA in an interview that with an office complete with everything including a secretary, affairs for the region will now be conducted in a smooth environment. The offices are located at the Nyayo National Stadium.

"With the help of FIBA Africa, we have now opened a full fledged office where we will be able to run our affairs. It will now be serious business." noted Aluanga while thanking the continental body for funding the development.

Aluanga, who attended the FIBA Africa Central Board meeting in Cairo, said that this move will help co-ordinate the affairs of the region which he promises will see a lot more activities from this year.
"2008 will be a very busy year fro this Zone. We have lined up our activities in the Under 18 boys, Under 18 girls, Club Championships for both men and women and the elimination rounds for the Africa nations Cup in both categories." he disclosed.

Aluanga commended FIBA Africa from moving Egypt from Zone Five during this year's Club championships qualifiers and urged clubs from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Eritrea to get ready for the eliminations.

"Now all I can ask the clubs is to start early preparations so that when we release the dates for the championships the teams will all converge in the venue looking for that continental ticket that will see them battle against the rest from Africa." he said.

by Dann O'Were

NIGERIA : Zenith Female League gets new date

The Zenith Bank National Female League may not start February 23 as earlier tentatively endorsed by the stakeholders meeting between the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) and the female club owners in Nigeria.

This follows a round table discussion held last week between the Nigerian Federation and the sponsors of Nigeria's flagship female championship, the Zenith Bank.
"The February 23 date was only tentative and that was clear from the start.
The teams agreed with that knowing fully well that a final date can only be certain after consultations with the sponsors.
The adjustment is only very minor and that was already adequately taken care of in the schedule for the season.
And this will be a simple adjustment of about two weeks or thereabout," the Technical Director of the NBBF Dr. Adamu Ahmed told FIBA.
By the adjustment, the league will take off by about the second week of March in the earlier advertised venues.
Enugu, Jos, Abuja and Lagos will host the four legs of the league.
The Federation said that the consultations with Zenith Bank were still on and has been quite fruitful as the season prepares to play in the fourth consecutive season.
"We have made our own submission and they are looking at it and we believe that the end of the day we'll all settle for something that will be quite beneficial to the female players and the Nigerian basketball in general," Adamu said.
When the league starts next month it will take in two more teams as it expands to 10 from the 8 that featured in the last season.
First Bank ladies nicknamed Elephant Girls are the defending champions while Dolphins finished as runners up last term.
There are also Sunshine Queens, Nigeria Customs, Nigeria Immigrations, AHIP, Delta Force and Dodan Amazons.

by Pius Ayinor

KENYA : Makupa Stay On Course for Kwale Title

by Philip Onyango

Makupa Lakers men and Mombasa Sports Club women stayed on course for the Kwale Open clubs category titles with easy victories as the tournament entered final stages at Matuga Girls High School and Waa Boys High school Sunday.

Lakers made mince meat of Shanzu Teachers College hitting them 35-14, and went ahead to beat Buxton Hawks and Oceaners 41-18 and 21-14 respectively in matches which were played at Waa Boys.

Mombasa Sports Club women on the other hand defeated Waa Girls 77-07 and Matuga Girls 53-06 in other matches played at Matuga Girls High School grounds.

In the other clubs category matches, Wolves beat Buxton Hawks 21-13,Shanzu Teachers College defeated Oceaners 34-17,and Wolves beat Oceaners 39-19, while Shanzu Teachers College beat Wolves 29-23.

In the schools category, defending champions Mombasa High School and Shimba Hills Secondary topped their pools to make the semi finals.

Mombasa High whipped Shanzu Teachers College 40-21 after another deserving 27-06 win over Shimba Hills Secondary. Waa Girls beat Matuga 22-18 while Shanzu Teachers College beat Shimba Hills 24-14.

The Indiana Pacers continued their recovery from a long losing streak with a second straight victory, Danny Granger inspiring the win with 29 points in a 101-93 triumph over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

Losing streak

The back-to-back wins, following a seven-game losing streak, have helped the Pacers climb to within half a game of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"Obviously, I thought it was a very good win for our ballclub," Pacers coach Jim O'Brien told reporters.

"Winning is great. We love winning. I liked seeing people work so hard with a smile on their face."

Making strides

Those smiles could disappear quickly, however, when the Pacers face the top two teams in the East - the Boston Celtics on Tuesday and Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.

"I like to think we're making strides, but games against Boston and Detroit will show if we've made them."

Travis Diener added 15 points and nine assists and Jeff Foster 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Pacers, who played the second half without key scorer Mike Dunleavy after he suffered a bruised knee.

TANZANIA : Beach Basketball Tourney for Dar

Suleiman Jongo

Dar es Salaam's Coco Beach will tomorrow be a centre of attraction as several teams will compete in the 3-aside beach basketball tournament.

This will be the second time for the beach sport to take place.

Basketball Dar es Salaam (BD) in collaboration with the event's sponsors, Kilimanjaro Premium Lager, organised the similar event last December.

BD director Mbaga Mwamboma said yesterday that the beach sport has been playing a great role of promoting beach basketball as several people participate. "This is one way or another of promoting beach basketball, which seems to be a new sport for most of people in the country," he said.

The day-long event is played on the sand whereby participants earn several token prizes from the sponsors. Mbaga said participating teams will be formed by players, whose teams have been competing in the popular money-spinning RBA Kili leagues for both men and women and young players.

Mwamboma had on the other hand said the event will also be open for those with interest to learn how to play beach basketball. "It's like a bash party, people come together, play, enjoy music and share good light moments as a basketball family," he said.

ANGOLA : Country Receives FIBA Oscar Award

Angola was distinguished Saturday by the International Federation of Basketball Associated (FIBA) in recognition for the success in holding the last African Cup of Nations (Afrobasket2007) and it will receive the highest award of the institution (Oscar del Basket).

According to a communiqué issued by the world's sport-governing body, Angola won "Pietro Reverberi" Oscar Prize for the good work and organising level shown during Afrobasket2007, held last August.

It underlines that Angola is invited to attend the Oscar Awards Ceremony, to be held in Quattro Castella, Italy. The African country was also praised for its qualification to the Beijing Olympic Games 2008 and for the conquest of its ninth African title.

10 February 2008

KENYA : St George’s girls in winning start

By Oscar Pilipili

Champions St George’s opened the season on a positive note by winning two matches during the Nairobi secondary schools girls’ basketball league.

St George’s defeated Kianda 44-7 in a one-sided preliminary match at Kenya Railway Club Nairobi on Saturday.
Beryl Aloo and Drusillah Njoki sunk four baskets each with Tanya Ogwel, Janet Akinyi and Tracy Mwangi contributing four points each for the champions.
Jeanette Oyunga, Kathleen Simiyu and Cindy Orata replied for Kianda with two points each.
After easily winning the first match, St George’s were forced to work extra hard before pipping Hospital Hill 21-20 in an action-packed match. Ogwel starred for St George’s, scoring eight points with Georgina Odhiambo managing seven for Hospital Hill.
The match was temporarily stopped in the final quarter after St George’s coach, Juma Kent, ordered his players out of the court to protest what he termed as bias officiating. "The umpires are unfair and they should let the best team win," he said.
St George’s captain, Garnet Iyadi, expressed satisfaction over their double victory saying it was a good beginning in their quest to retain the provincial title.
"The victories have laid a strong foundation for our campaign in the league," Iyadi said. "We hope to build on that performance in our next matches," she said.
Hospital Hill captain, Mitchelle Synaida conceded defeat saying St George’s were the bettr team.
"There must be a winner and a loser in every competition, but the umpires weren’t fair either," said Synaida.
The girls’ championship is featuring 16 schools divided into four pools of the same number of teams.

The competition continues next weekend.

09 February 2008

KENYA : Western branch suspends polls due to insecurity

By Peter Atsiaya

Kenya Basketball Federation Western branch has suspended this weekend’s activities including elections due to insecurity.

Secretary Don Liru said because of the post-election violence in the area the activities including elections, a coaching clinic and a tournament had to be called off.

"The security situation is still bad. Transport services have not fully resumed making it difficult for participants to reach venues of the activities," said Liru.
Liru, who is also the national second vice-chairman in charge of youth affairs, said dates for the events would be announced later.
The branch was supposed to hold its elections and a coaching workshop at Kakamega High School on Friday.
Makambo Open tournament, the first championship on the branch’s calendar, was to be staged at St Peter’s High School Mumias on Saturday.
Liru explained that the post election violence had delayed the federation’s programme.
He expressed fear that some of the tournaments including Chairman’s Cup and Frida Shiroya championship might not be held because they could collide with schools’ competitions.

KENYA : St Austins Thrash Nairobi School in Basketball

by Sammy Kitula

Just when Nairobi School thought they had finally hit rock bottom, along came more indignity in their backyard in the ongoing Nairobi Secondary Schools Association boys' basketball championship.

Kevin Samora scored 18 points while Charles Omondi added another 16 as St. Austin's thrashed them 66-36 on Thursday night.

The five-time national champions, who are also the Nairobi Province's defending champions, jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter and wound up the first half leading 32-14.

"We played a very relaxed game. The hosts didn't give us any formidable challenge. We knew that we would win anyway, since they (Nairobi School) have never defeated us in the past," said St. Austin's coach David Maina.


Indeche Aturaya scored 14 points and Dennis Shikutwa had 13 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts, who committed numerous turnovers as they trailed St. Austin's by 30 points at fulltime.

And afterwards, head coach Martin Mungai simply seemed at a loss for answers.

"It was a very difficult match, bearing in mind that our opponents are the defending champions. We committed numerous turnovers that cost us the victory, but all in all, it was a good experience for us.

We are full of optimism as the league has just began," said head coach, Martin Mungai.

The victors led 56-19 after three quarters before going up 66-36 on the buzzer.

"We executed offensively, hit some shots," said Maina. "Defensively we did a decent job in the first quarter and from there we just kept the pressure on them," he added.

This was St. Austin's' second win in three days, after they saw off Sunshine High school 114-14 in a one-sided duel on Monday. The playing surface didn't make matters any better as players from both sides took caution of the court that was slippery after a heavy downpour.

Maina says that he is keen to guide his team to claim the national helm, after faltering during last year's edition.

The nine-time Provincial champions will be gunning to bag the national title for a record sixth time.

"We must do all it takes to get back at the helm. We have had thorough training and I'm sure our preparations won't be in futility," he said.

Girls basketball

In the meantime, the NSSA girls' basketball championship gets underway today at Railway grounds. 16 teams are expected to take part in this year's season.

Speaking on Friday, NSSSA basketball secretary, Peter Manundu said that they had delayed the starting of the girls' matches due to the few entries they had received in this category.
"The girls' teams are fewer compared to the boys and that's the reason why we are starting a week late. Boys have 32 teams while their counterparts have only 16," said Manundu.

Contrary to the boys' league which is played during the week, the girls' matches will only take place during weekends.

Expected teams include St. George's High school, Precious Blood Riruta, Moi Nairobi Girls High school and Buruburu Girls High school among others.

08 February 2008

KENYA : Lucky Kenyan Players Escape U.S. Tornado

Philip Onyango

Kenya women's national basketball team players, Josephine Achieng Owino, Beatrice Awino Oyenje and Zainab Sarah Chan, have been evacuated to safety after their campus was destroyed by a tornado on Tuesday evening.

The three are students at Union University in Tennessee. The university's women's basketball head coach, Mark Campbell, said the trio who escaped the tragedy unhurt will stay in his house outside the campus until repair work is completed. Speaking on telephone from US on Thursday, Campbell said it was a miracle that the three together with other students escaped unhurt after the tornado which caused extensive damage to the facilities left several students injured.

"I want to assure Kenyans that the girls are safe and are currently staying at my house until normalcy returns at the campus." Campbell said on telephone while asking the parents, friends, relatives and the basketball fraternity not to panic. Josephine Achieng Owino and Beatrice Awino, both former students at Mombasa High School left for the US in 2004 and 2006 respectively while Chan who was a student at United States International University (USIU) left last October all on a five year full basketball scholarship.

They helped the college to set a new team record of 22-0 in the NAIA last Friday passing the previous record of 21-0 they set in 1987-88 when they beat Lyon College 91-75 with Owino contributing 23 points.

According to the university president David S. Dockery, all students including the 13 who were trapped in the fallen rubble were rescued. Fifty-one students, nine of them who suffered serious injuries were taken to the hospital. There were no fatalities, he said. Dockery said seventeen buildings were damaged.

UGANDA : Leopards Snatch Sparks Pair

Sande Bashaija

NATIONAL Basketball League women's champions Kampala City Council (KCC) Leopards are to sign Makerere University Sparks duo Marion Nakaziba and Carol Nantalo ahead of the new season.

The transfer window opened on Monday and the two star players have already picked forms from the basketball governing body Fuba.

"We are soon finalizing everything. The players have already agreed personal terms and what remains is clearance from Sparks managers," KCC Leopards team manager Joy Olinga told Daily Monitor yesterday.

"The girls have played together for a long time and will add muscle to our team. It's not easy defending a championship and that's why we are strengthening our squad," Olinga added.

The departure of the duo comes as a heavy blow to 2003 champions Sparks, who are trying to re-build after failing to make play-offs last season. They have also lost Vicky Nassolo to Kampala International University (KIU) Rangers.

"I finished university and have to forge a way forward. The KCC management promised to get me a job somewhere and I can't let the chance pass," Nantalo, who is commonly referred to as Baby in basketball circles, said.

According to the deal, KCC Leopards will sponsor the former Sparks captain Nakaziba for further studies after she graduated from Makerere.

The MTN sponsored league begins in April.

07 February 2008

EGYPT : Gazco loses for the second time

by Eslam Mohamed - Feb 6, 2008
Gazco faced big trouble in the game against Army at Army club Hall, and lost by 24 points 83-59. Gazco had a big troubles in both defense and offense while Army offense was very effective.Army tunisian player naaim def Alah scored 32 points , Mohamed Fouad scored 14 points and Osama Belal Scored 11 points. Army scored nine (3points) shoots while Gazco scored only four. Winning this game is a good step for Army team before facing Ittihad El Shortain the next round.

KENYA : Alarm Over Loss On Interest in Basketball

Sammy Kitula

The Nairobi Secondary Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) has raised concern the apparent lack of interest by some city schools in basketball.

With the NSSSA) first term games already underway, many schools have opted out of this year's basketball season. Hillcrest and Aga Khan High school have pulled out, while Jamhuri High School are yet to honour their fixtures.

According to the NSSSA basketball secretary, Peter Manundu, this trend will adversely affect the future of basketball in the city, as well as having individual talent go to waste.

"It's quite alarming to realise that some schools have decided to do away with basketball in their calendar of sports. Whereas schools in other provinces are busy recruiting and introducing the game to their students, others are losing interest," lamented Manundu.

Echoing the secretary's sentiments was Aquinas High School's basketball head coach, Charles Ng'ang'a. He said the withdrawal of teams that were powerhouses in this sport during the late 80's and early 90's is a big blow to the development of the game.

"This is worrying. Where will the national team get new players from, if some schools have decided to do away with basketball in their calendar? This clearly makes individual talent to go to waste," said Ng'ang'a.

Of the 38 schools which participated in last year's qualifiers six have opted out.

Eight matches will be played on Thursday as city schools launch their preparation for the national games set for Central Province in April. Nairobi schools will be trying to recapture the national trophy that has eluded them for quite some time. Maseno School are the current champions

Divided into eight pools

The fixtures released by the NSSSA basketball secretary indicate that 32 schools have been divided into eight pools of four teams each.

The first round matches that started on Monday are scheduled to run until February 25. The second round duels that will involve 12 teams are planned to start from February 28 to March 6. The quarter-finals are set for March 8, semi-finals on March 29, while the play-offs and final would be held on March 29. Winners of the Nairobi tournament represent the province during the nationals from April 7 to 13.

Manundu said venues for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final will be neutral and the participating teams shall be notified at a later date. "Venues for knockout matches will be such that none of the qualifying teams will enjoy home advantage," he said.

06 February 2008

EGYPT : Gezira beats Ahly 72-61 in round 9

Ahly players had a bad game last night in their home court .They couldn't cover Tark El ghanam absence loosing easy rebounds under the rim. Gezira depended on the experience of El Kerdany an Sakr who played last night aggressivly under the rim getting a lot of second chances.

NIGERIA : Milo Winner to Represent Country at World Tourney

by Duro Ikhazuagbe

The winner of this year's male category of the Nestle Milo Secondary School Basketball Championship is to represent Nigeria at the 2009 World Schools' Basketball Championship scheduled for Istanbul, Turkey.

Speaking at a media briefing in Lagos yesterday to herald the 10th edition of the Milo Basketball Championship, Dr. Thomas Adeleke Olaiya, President of the School Sports Federation, revealed that the event that started in 1999 with 30,000 students from 1,000 has now grown to over 80,000 from 3,197 schools in the country as at last year.

"It has been quite challenging and rewarding organising this competition for 10 years running," observed the school sports federation boss.

Dr Adeleke observed further that the championship has made remarkable impacts that have put Nestle Nigeria Plc on the map of grassroots sports development in Nigeria, especially in the game of basketball.
He listed some of the products of the championship that are making waves in the country and abroad to include; Muhammed Bukar of Wahab Folawiyo High School, Lagos, and Ibrahim Adamu of Ahmadiyya College, Lagos. Both are in Nigeria's Under-18 national team. Magdalene and Sandra German and a few others are playing for top club sides as well.

Earlier, Mr Klaus P. Wachsmuth, managing director of Nestle Nig Plc had in his welcome address assured the federation that Nestle Milo "will continue to sponsor the development of sport in Nigeria because we believe that it is a very strong platform for unity, social interaction and good sportsmanship."

The Nestle boss further believes that this developmental championship holds the key to Nigeria's future international success and recognition in basketball.

UGANDA : Basketball Season Gets Underway

by Innocent Ndawula

The 7th Stanbic Bank-KKL Basketball season officially got underway at the Aga Khan School over the weekend with the first round of friendly games.

While the games didn't count towards the overall standings, few would have guessed that the kids played great basketball and of course, had a lot of fun.

The day started with the Junior Boys Division and a game between MTN and Total ended up with a score of 14-2 in favour the former. The second game between Eagle Air and Aqua Sipi ended 9-6 in favor of Aqua Sipi.

The Junior girls' category saw True African and Uganda Telecom take to the court in the first fixture. It ended 13-11 in favour of True African.
The second game between Nike Junior and FedEx saw the latter take honours after subjecting Nike Junior to 32-0.

The Mids friendly between Brussels Airlines and AON Uganda excited many. Brussles cruised to a 24-8 victory after battling hard. Fresh Dairy and Alexander Forbes was equally exciting but Fresh Dairy scooped the honours with a 39-10 win.

The seniors games saw Red Bull Girls devour Nike Seniors 24-7. Sprite edged Roofings 5-4 in a low-scoring encounter.

05 February 2008

NIGERIA : Ilupeju: UNILAG beat Bayelsa Waves to title

….as D.D Magic finish 3rd

University of Lagos male basketball team Saturday became the new king of the Ilupeju Classics with a 43-37 points win over Bayelsa Waves basketball club of Yenogoa.

The Emmanuel Okolo tutored side came back strongly into the game in the third to snatch victory at the expense of the Yenogoa-based Waves.

Both side game good accounts of themselves as the two sides parades some tested players who hold their own in the five-day Classics.

Daniel Iremiren was spectacular on the board for the Waves picking up valuable offensive and defensive rebound and making important basket with great supports from guards, Chiwendu Nwaigbo, Azuoma Dike and Farouk Musa Oyalade among others.

UNILAG on the other hand relied on experience play of Michael Ohiero, William Ndoumbe and Christopher Okoh.

D.D Magic picked the third place with a 33-24 points win over the 5th edition champion, Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt.

The next edition of the Classics billed for July this year and promises to be bigger as it is expected to coincide with the birth day celebration of the Coordinator of the Dodan Warriors Basketball Programme, Col. Sam Ahmedu (Rtd).

According to the director of the Warriors Academy, Peter Ahmedu, organizers of the quarterly Classics, the seventh edition will be bigger in terms of participation and organization as Premier league team are expected to take part and more upward mobile and tested players.

“We are happy to have organized the very first basketball competition in 2008 and on behalf of the management of the Warriors Academy I want to thank all the teams, officials and players that participated in this edition as we look forward to July for the seventh edition and the second this year”, the Academy director concluded.
By Olusegun Ikuesan

SOUTH AFRICA : Basketball SA- Questions about corporate governance?

Even before Eskom started it's load shedding many basketball players will tell you that basketball has been without power for the last decade. Since the Basketball SA and the department of Sport met last year to discuss the status of basketball we have not had an update from either of the parties.

I understand that at the meeting held last year it was decided that the President was supposed to call a meeting to discuss the finances & the constitution before the end of 2007. It seems that the meeting still hasn't been called to this day.

Corporate Governance issues around why an excutive comittee meeting was not called for a year was also discussed The only executive meeting that was held by Basketball SA last year was a special meeting to approve the National team and the costs of going to Afrobasket.

The last council meeting was in November 2006 since then there hasn't been an AGM, Manco meeting & council meeting. Two weeks ago I received an email with the Wheelchair Basketball Calendar for the whole year. I still haven't seen a Basketball SA calendar for this year.

Amatuer basketball in SA needs a strong motherbody in order for the sport to grow and I worry that we are not making enough progress in adminsitration. I tried to contact the President of Basketball SA, the Vice-President of Provinces and both phones were off. I hope that one day we can do an interview with them to get the comment on these issues I've raised.

Things are not looking too positive for the professional basketball league as well as most companies are putting money into 2010 or just not interested.

With the lack of activity happening in amatuer basketball it seems like there is no positive news on finding a new professional basketball league sponsor.

There was talk of a potential sponsor a few weeks ago but the deal with this sponsor doesn't look like it's going to be finalised any time soon.

SOUTH AFRICA : League of Professionals Press Release-01/02/2008

If you were at any of the LOP basketball events towards the end of 2007, you will know that basketball is well on its way back up the sporting ranks. LOP was launched in September 2007 and by December 2007, it had already managed to secure radio airtime exposure well over R600 000 through its partners, particularly ESPN and Newtown Improvement District (NID). Even more exciting was the fact that for the first time in many years, basketball players could play to thousands of spectators. One of the biggest highlights was the Hip Hop dance battles known as 'Kramping'. If you don't know what this is, google it…that said, I would like to welcome you to the streets of Jozi. Kramping is big in high schools…watch the space... Based on the LOP achievements, one could comfortably say, the year 2007 was a good launching pad for basketball and the hip hop lifestyle that it is associated with it.

2008 brings with it even more excitement. LOP registration date closed on 31st of January 2008 and it is no surprise that even the big teams have now registered to play in the LOP. If you know your SA basketball, you will remember that Egoli Magic used to be one of the top teams in the former Premier Basketball League (PBL). They went to the finals against the then Durban based Kwazulu Marlins in 1996. Now you will be able to see this team back in action in the LOP. Other teams include Tlou MGI, Wits Rebels, Wanderers Scorpions, Wits Rhinos, MGI Alumni, Wits Alumni and the list goes on!

Before I go on and on about the teams in the LOP, let me first put the LOP into perspective so that one understands the structures of basketball and were LOP fits in. LOP was founded by a few passionate basketball players based in Joburg, for the fact that most teams playing in the LOP were based in Joburg, it was endorsed by the Johannesburg Basketball Association (JBA) as the official Joburg League, meaning that teams looking to play in the LOP will have to first request permission from their respective districts (i.e. Tshwane Basketball Association (TBA), Sedibeng Basketball Association (SBA) etc. As the official Joburg Basketball League, the winning team in the LOP will face champions from other districts in order to determine the top team in Gauteng. With Gauteng Basketball Association (GBA) great intends of starting a Gauteng Premier Basketball League, the winning team in this league should represent GP at national level. We are hoping to have the LOP team from Joburg to be the one leading the way through to the nationals.

LOP will be tipping off on the weekend of the 29th February 2008 with the official season launch on the 1st March 2008 at Wits University indoor basketball court (Hall 29). The launch will consist of a clash between the 2007 finalists (Tlou MGI who are last year's LOP Champion vs the Wits Rebels) as well as the Hip Hop dance battles between the two top dance crews Soweto's finest vs. Eclipse. There will be lots of give-aways from ESPN with Yfm punting the launch. More info will be given on Yfm closer to the launch date so keep bouncing those balls and see you at the courts!

For more information about LOP or JBA please do not hesitate to contact me.

Cabby Magongwa

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