05 October 2012

SWAZILAND : Bosco show lot of steel in SNBA league

- BOSCO Steels basketball team started their Swaziland National Basketball Association (SNBA) league games on a high note over the weekend.
The basketball outfit were on top of their game during games played at Mavuso emporium courts in front of an impressive crowd.
In their first game, they won 43-33 against Simunye Wizards in what was a tough match before recording a 50-37 victory over Knicks in their last game.
The league is divided into three categories compromising of women’s league, men’s elite league and men’s B division league.
In essence, this means Steels occupy first spot on the log standings after accumulating four points in their matches.
On the other hand, Jazz ladies team also took top position after narrowly winning 22-21 against Phoenix.
League’s coordinator Napoth Phebeni said they were impressed with the turnout.
“The league promises to be competitive judging from the first games. All the teams showed up for the games and this really shows commitment towards the sport. I also observed that the standard of play has improved because we had tournaments before the start of the league,” he said. Napoth declared the weekend games as a huge success and urged teams to continue practicing hard.
The full results are as follows:
Women league:
Jazz 22 Phoenix 21
Men Elite League
Mbabane Raptors 62 Nhlangano Warriors 17
Bosco Steels 43 Simunye Wizards 33
Manzini Superstars 39 Knicks 46
Mbabane Raptors 43 Jazz 47
Simunye Wizards 48 Manzini Superstars 45
Bosco Steels 50 Knicks 37
Men B League
Mhlume Cats 26 Stoke City 37
Stoke City 28 Manzini Raiders 46
Teams must market sport for sponsorships - Phebeni
BASKETBALL - SWAZILND National Basketball Association (SNBA) Vice-President Napoth Phebeni has urged teams to market the sport to get more sponsorships.
In an interview yesterday, Phebeni who also doubles as the league’s co-ordinator pointed out that it was time for the sport to be properly marketed countrywide.
“Basketball is not only one of the fast growing sports locally but we have established ourselves even internationally. We are trying to create awareness about the sport but this must be a collective effort from all those who are passionate about the game,” he appealed.
He also highlighted that it is the association’s initiative to work hand in hand with teams in developing and promoting basketball in the country.
“As far as I see it, both parties are starting to show enthusiasm towards the sport but this will not be enough if those who love the sport do not come to the party. Even if companies are not yet ready to sponsor the sport but they should at least watch our games on weekends so that they see for themselves what we are talking about,” he appealed.
Jazz off to Maputo for eight-team tourney Saturday
BASKETBALL- JAZZ men’s basketball team will leave the country this weekend for Mozambique to compete in the Tivid Pela Matola Invitational tournament.
Swaziland National Basketball Association (SNBA) vice-president Napoth Phebeni confirmed the news yesterday.
According to Phebeni, the locals are expected to depart on Saturday morning and come back the next day. He also revealed that they will compete with their South African and Mozambican counterparts.
“It will be an eight team tournament and Jazz will be the only team representing the Swazi nation. Jazz will have their games on Saturday and Sunday,” he announced. Napoth sounded optimistic that they will hoist the national flag high on the day.
The log standings are as follows:
Men elite league
1. Bosco Steels 2 2 0 93 70 4
2. Mbabane Raptors 2 1 1 105 4 3
3. Knicks 2 1 1 83 89 3
4. Simunye Wizards 2 1 1 81 88 3
5. Jazz 1 1 0 47 43 2
6. Manzini Superstars 2 0 2 84 94 2
7. Nhlangano Warriors 1 0 1 17 62 1
Women’ League
1. Lady Jazz 1 1 0 22 21 2
2. Phoenix 1 0 1 21 22 1
3. Mbabane Raptors 0 0 0 0 0 0
4. Simunye Wizards 0 0 0 0 0 0
5. Super Ladies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Men’s B League
1. Stoke City 2 1 1 65 72 3
2. Manzini Raiders 1 1 0 46 28 2
3. Mhlume Cats 1 0 1 26 37 1
4. Lobamba Stingers 0 0 0 0 0 0
5. Griffins 0 0 0 0 0 0
6. Nkambeni S. 0 0 0 0 0 0

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