There is no end in sight to the battle for the control of the Harare Basketball Association which has been split into two factions, one led by Gilchrist Magezah and the other by Roderick Takawira.
The faction led by Magezah on Wednesday released its fixtures programme for this season which included four teams, three men’s and one women’s side which had crossed over from the faction led by Takawira.
“The league will start this weekend and teams like Varsity Leopards, Lakers from Mabvuku, Cavaliers and Real Returners in the women’s league have joined us for this season from the other faction. However the positive thing is the league is now running concurrently with the international calendar which will help our national teams when they participate in competitions outside the country,” said Magezah.
The leader of the other faction, Takawira, referred all questions to his faction’s secretary-general Steven Mudawarima who was not available for comment as his phone went unanswered.
The Harare basketball league programme usually starts in September but this year it will start in January before breaking after the Independence Trophy in April and resuming in July.
The secretary-general’s post which became vacant after Stewart Charamba opted out because of personal commitments has been filled by Moyra Nyaundi.
The competitions, technical, women and youth, and athletes’ commissions will now be headed by Tendai Zhakata, Tendai Nyagumbo, Hamilton Mudawarima, and Martin Mukweva respectively.
At Richwood: A League — Cavaliers v Assassins, Gentlemen Association v JBC, Varsity Leopards v Hustlers
Varsity Leopards v Hustlers, LA v JBC, Pistons v Raiders (Glen View)
Mabvuku: Platinum Ballers v Mablazo (B League), Faithwear Jammers v Lakers (A League)
At Glen View: Pistons v Raiders, Nuggets v Stormers