Opportunity Moyo speaks on appointment


NEWLY-appointed Bulawayo Basketball Association (BBA) president Opportunity Moyo says the main focus in her four-year term of office will be more on youth development.


Moyo was elected the new president after getting five votes, shrugging off challenge from veteran Oilers player Ernie Noble who got three votes.

Southern Eye Sport yesterday spoke to Moyo on her appointment and her plans for the sport.
“I believe in youth development, so I want to ensure that there is an increase in youth participation in the sport.

I believe that we can develop our youth to become better people through the sport. It is a very big challenge for me as a woman to take up this position. I am happy because I have good support structures and I am glad with the assistance that we have received from the previous executive,” she said.

Moyo said she will work hard to ensure  that the BBA league becomes more competitive.
“At the moment we have women who have shown interest in playing in the women’s league. We have to encourage them to come and play the sport because for them to play they need some form of incentives. We are looking at approaching business executives so that we try and get sponsorship,” she said.

“We are also trying to find out ways of ending situations where teams withdraw from the league mid-season. We have some members of the executive who are working on that and we might see the introduction of a B League,” Moyo said.

The Giants player took over from  the previous executive which was led by Daniel Mombeshora, women and youth development coach Sincengile Mzemba, spokesperson Charles Ndlovu, Emmanuel Mukandi (president technical) and president  for competitions Ndumiso Mabhena.

During their tenure three players from Bulawayo, Geraldine Chibonda,  Nobukhosi Ndlovu and Sibongile Mnkandla formed part of the Zimbabwe women’s team that represented the country in the All-Africa Games in Mozambique in 2011 while other individuals like Pretty Tinarwo, Thokozani Sigola and Sikhumbuzo Ndlovu were roped into the  national team coaching structures.

There was also the formation of the Southern Region Basketball League, although it later disbanded.
Members of the new executive include  vice-presidents for Athletes commission Ancillia Chivero, Handsome Ncube (competitions), Peter Rensburg (promotions and marketing),  Noleen Moyo (youth and women  development),  Mxolisi Ndlovu (technical commission) and Ndlovu  taking up the secretary-general’s post.