LAST weekend’s inter-provincial basketball tournament exposed the shortcomings of the sport in terms of sponsorship as some league members had to move around cap-in-hand to source money for tran
sport to Mutare where the games were being staged.
The Basketball Union of Zimbabwe (BUZ) failed to find a sponsor for the annual tourney and went it alone.
BUZ secretary general Anna Mguni declined to give details of their sponsorship deals and referred questions to chairman Admire Masenda.
The mother body only raised $100 000 as prize money for the women’s most valuable player of the tournament and gave shields for winners and runners-up.
Basketball has only been played in Mashonaland Basketball Association (MBA) league, Matabeleland Amateur Basketball Association (MABA) league, Manicaland Basketball Association league and Midlands Basketball Association.
In Masvingo there are no basketball league structures save for school activities. Reports from Mutare indicate that only Mashonaland and Matabeleland pitched up for the inter-provincials”.
The Bulawayo-based provincial body’s women side lost 38-45 to Mashonaland in the final but their senior men had their tie against defending champions Mashonaland cancelled due to rains as they trailed 16-20. Sponsorship has been a major problem for local basketball.
MBA recently received $13m sponsorship from Entertainment Authority’s Ikon brand.