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Rebel basketball games on this weekend

Staff Writer

THE rebel Premier Basketball League (PBL) will hold games this weekend as it continues to stir controversy in the national sport.

sans-serif”>A PBL official based in Bulawayo vowed they shall continue playing “social basketball” till they get Basketball Union of Zimbabwe (BUZ) recognition.

PBL comprises of Kingdom Cavaliers, Interfin Celtics, CBZ Jewels, Africa University of Manicaland Basketball Association and Giants who are formerly of Bulawayo’s Matabeleland Amateur Basketball Association (Maba).

PBL held games in Bulawayo a fortnight ago while provinces toured Mutare for the annual inter-provincials.

This weekend PBL are set to invade Bulawayo again and their official stressed they are keen on “taking the game to every corner of the country” and will be in Mutare in the near future.

BUZ, at a January meeting in Mutare refused to sanction PBL.

BUZ secretary-general Anna Mguni said PBL has to follow the constitution which “clearly states that any affiliate wishing to register with BUZ has to do so at the AGM.”

The BUZ AGM is set for July.

On why BUZ blocked PBL from running basketball since they claim to have the wherewithal, a Maba official was not amused.

“It’s a proven case in sport that people who claim to have money do nothing but destroy the game so we would rather stick to BUZ’s leadership under Admire Masenda who has integrity,” he said.

But PBL claimed it does not intend to take over the sport but to introduce a higher level of basketball.

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