Buz wants basketball national league

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The new Basketball Union of Zimbabwe (Buz) executive will be considering the establishment of a national league at its strategic meeting to be held in Kadoma, Mashonaland West, on a day to be announced next month.

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The new board was elected at the union’s annual general meeting which was held at the Sports and Recreation Commission boardroom at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.

Joe Mujuru, former Bulawayo Basketball Association (BBA) secretary was elected the national body’s new secretary-general taking over from Watson Muchengeti, who resigned citing work commitments.

Mujuru yesterday said the issue of the national league was briefly talked about at the elective congress details of which would be discussed at the strategic meeting.

“We talked about the national league and it is within our plans for it to be established and start in March next year.

“But that will be discussed in full detail at our strategic meeting to be held in Kadoma next month. The national league is definitely on the cards and hopefully it will start in March. First of all, the thrust is to try and improve the sport at grasroots level to the national teams and we will be putting up provincial structures and make them more visible,” Mujuru said.

Addison Chiware of Harare was retained as Buz president while national women’s coach Sikhumbuzo Ndlovu, who is outgoing BBA secretary following his election to the national body, was voted president (technical and development) taking over from Lainos Mushonga.

Forbes Shuva from Harare was elected president (competitions) replacing Simon Lawson while the women and youth portfolio went to Charmaine Chamboko.

National teams manager Shinga Magede was also retained for the athletes commission portfolio.

Mujuru was delighted by representation in the executive from the southern region which has previously been dominated by Harare.

“We are happy to get representation in the executive for Bulawayo by myself and Ndlovu,” Mujuru said.

Delegates from Bulawayo, Harare, Mashonaland Central, West and East, Matabeleland North and Masvingo — including National Association of Secondary School Heads and National Association of Primary School Heads — were represented at the congress.