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Botswana Basketball Association (BBA) is struggling to keep its key projects afloat as financial bug bites hard on the association.
Among the many projects the BBA struggles to sustain is the ongoing Under 18 Young Lions Cup.
The Lions Cup which is played in seven regions of the BBA is a key sports development initiative by the association.
According to Lion’s Cup event’s coordinator, Shalosh Matsetse, the development grant that they receive from the mother body is not adequate to cover the costs for the whole event which amongst other things involves lots of travelling across the country.
“The grant is not enough and there is need for other organisations to inject funds so that the programme can run smoothly,” said Matsetse.
“We are pleading with local companies to come on board and sponsor Lions Cup to nurture talent at grassroots level. One of the objectives of the Lions Cup is to incorporate young athletes who have not had the opportunity to go to tertiary schools, they are identified and their skills are sharpened to become top players who will be able to be selected in national teams,” said Matsetse.
The coordinators identify the athletes and assist them to enrol in colleges and technical brigades so that they continue to play the sport of basketball. Financial constrains make it difficult for the organisers of the tournament to take care of players’ welfare.
“The players’ welfare is not well taken care of because of resources. The little money we get as grants is not enough to buy the kits, training equipment and all other needs that are required to play basketball,” explained Matsetse.
The finals of the tournament which were supposed to be held on October 6th have since been moved to October 13th in Gaborone. Potential sponsors have been invited to witness the finals.