The sad state of my favourite sport just makes me want to cry.
It’s a new year but the state of Basketball South Africa has not changed for the better. Firstly, no-one knows who the current BSA executive is. I have tried contacting the current BSA Chairperson, Sabelo Sanele Mthinyane, to find out what the plan/strategy for Women’s basketball is in 2017 and whether they will participate in the Afrobasket Zone 6 qualifiers, there has been no reply to my queries.
On the 5th of February, BSA sent emails regarding the Afrobasket Women’s qualifiers which will take place in March in Zambia and Zimbabwe respectively. BSA, following the proposal by the Women’s National team Head Coach Kimathi Tobothi, asked each provincial association to send 3 players of their choosing to the trials which took place in Johannesburg last week (11 – 12 February 2017). As there was no senior national tournament last year, provinces had to send players to trials, quite shocking. 20 Players were at the trials in Johannesburg, out of the 9 provinces that South Africa has, only 4 provinces were represented, most of which live and study in Gauteng. Basketball South Africa has released the final South African National Women’s team list:
The qualifiers for zone 6 and zone 7 will take place next month. Lusaka will host the Group G countries, South Africa, Angola, Madagascar and host nation Zambia, 12-18 March. Zimbabwe will host Group H countries, which consists of Mozambique, Seychelles, Botswana and host Zimbabwe, from the 19th till the 25th March.
I am not sure what result BSA is hoping for with the Women’s team, since they only had trials recently and the competition is in 3 weeks’ time,the team will probably meet and train just before they leave. It’s a sad situation and they (BSA) are basically setting the team up for failure, which is unfair for the athletes but BSA has always operated this way. The teams they will be up against at the qualifiers have been in training since November.
There has been no word on whether the Men’s team will be heading to the qualifiers, BSA is currently looking for a new Men’s National team Head Coach.
With all this unsurety and bad preparation handed to the athletes, I still wish them all the best at the qualifiers.
Go Team South Africa