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Chaos reigns in basketball

Staff Writer

CHAOS has hit provincial basketball leagues in the country as leaders fail to solve a serious crisis posed by the breakaway Premier Basketball League (PBL).

Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Everything seemed to be going well for the Harare-based Mashonaland Basketball Association (MBA) league until this week when referees complained of being unpaid for officiating in matches.

“We’re being overworked,” said one referee on his way from last Sunday’s league matches.

The matches were played after another taxing curtain-raising MBA knockout cup fixtures a day before.

The referees claimed they had not been paid for a long time.

“We get paid $3 000 per match but some of us have to fork out $4 000 to travel to venues via town,” said the referee. However acting chairman and substantive vice-chairman for promotions Mathias Tendai “Buns” Zhakata played down the issue.

“Everything is in order and the cheque (for referees’ payment) has been cleared. The delay was due to change of signatories and they should be getting their money this week,” he said.

MBA chairman Bobby Chivaviro who is credited with bringing $13m sponsorship from Entertainment Authority’s Ikon brand has been away in South Africa for two months.

Meanwhile, on the log standings Cameo is leading the league in both men and women’s categories.

Varsity Leopards beat the men’s outfit coached by Roderick Takawira in the knockout cup last weekend.

Varsity clashes in the final during the Easter weekend with Pross, 51-43 winners over Gentlemen’s Association in the other semis.

Cameo women beat Dzivaresekwa’s Highdon Raiderz 75-40 in the semi-final to book a date with reigning league champions Varsity Leopards who beat Kingdom Cavaliers 56-24 in the other semis.

Kingdom Cavaliers men, the 2002/2003 MBA champions are now with the rebel PBL.

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