The executive committee of Mangaung Metro Basketball Association is excited with the direction the sport has taken in the Free State and looks to take it to greater heights this year. From running an exciting league each year to continuing to develop the sport of basketball in the region, one of the most anticipated MMBA events this year include the inter-district club championships and they are looking forward to it.
Speaking to Dumelang Sport, the MMBA chairperson Setlogelo Radebe said they will draw inspiration from last year's achievements and aim to reach the targets they have set for this year. "Last year, MMBA hosted the only All Star Game across the country - the exhibition match which any basketball district would love to host," Radebe said. "For the first time, we administered the Junior League to complement the senior counterpart.
" He added: "But the key success has been on the formation of Titans, the first women basketball team within the community of Mangaung. The two UFS and CUT have been the backbone of women basketball. So it was a good year." This year they plan to establish basketball in the rural areas of the city amongst others. "A 3X3 League is in the process of being established in Botshabelo, and shall add about 250 more players for the sport," he elaborated.
"Each section will have its own team, and the league will run from February until July. Every team has been instructed to register a women team and a junior team.
This will add 300 more participants in the League Programme." MMBA is conducting a raffle for a Kia Picanto to raise funds for the growth of the sport. Funds from the raffle will be used to expose these kids to basketball and contribution will also be made to renovate facilities in Heidedal and Rocklands. Nineteen teams are set to battle once more this year, with the men sending twelve and the women going for seven. Defending champions on both sides, Bloemfontein Alumni and Titans respectively will look to be hard nuts to crack. The action starts on February 10.