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BNL Finals 2013: “It was emotional”

December 17, 2013 in BNL

By Manyehlisa Lehohla

Tshwane Suns - BNL 2013 Champions

Tshwane Suns – BNL 2013 Champions

Standing at 1.98m, it would be hard to miss the tall figure of Tshwane Suns captain Neo Mothiba.

And given his height it’s not surprising that the forward stands tall as the flag bearer for basketball in the city. Mothiba’s love and passion for the sport goes beyond playing on the court.

The Soshanguve-born Mothiba is also involved in the administrative side of the sport.

“I wear many hats” is how Mothiba described his many roles within the basketball sphere of Tshwane and Gauteng while chatting to me yesterday at the University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre.

Apart from his sports co-ordinator job at the St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls, he occupies the positions of chairman of the Gauteng Schools League, chairman for the Pretoria Schools League and league co-ordinator, vice-chairman  of the Gauteng Basketball Association and director of coaches at the University of Pretoria.

“I try to keep my finger on the pulse of what’s happening whether it be schools or universities,” said Mothiba who has been playing basketball since 1995 while he was still at Pretoria Technical High School. Read the rest of this entry →

BNL finals 2013: Old school vs new school

December 16, 2013 in BNL

by Manyehlisa Lehohla

630 x 300 BNL 1Today marks a crowning moment for South African basketball for two reasons. For starters it is the coming of age of a sport that had been in the doldrums in the sporting landscape, when the league concludes its first season since its launch in October.

Second, two teams – the Tshwane Suns and the Mbombela Wildcats – will do battle at the Wembley Arena in Joburg to be crowned kings of the inaugural season of the Basketball National League (BNL) in what is expected be a hotly contested final. Read the rest of this entry →

Panthers lead the 2013 BNL relay race

November 19, 2013 in BNL

During the Olympics the relay race, which is a combo of the best sprint athletes, usually takes place when all the other competitions are completed. This year’s Basketball National League (BNL) is a relay race in itself, with the old guard on-show leading the way for our upcoming future stars and handing the baton onto the next generation. Read the rest of this entry →

SuperSport Exec to Chair Basketball Elections

November 13, 2013 in News

On Saturday the interim committee of Basketball SA will be hosting the long awaited Annual General Meeting (AGM) to elect the new executive council. Leading this process is the current Chairman, Graham Abrahams, a top executive at SuperSport, and his deputy Albert “Ali” Mokoena, who is Chairman of the Basketball National League and a former acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the South African Football Association (SAFA). Read the rest of this entry →

Yes She Can! Ladies first at Basketball SA

November 8, 2013 in News

The rebirth of a professional league in South Africa has inspired a spirit of fresh blood and energy for the beautiful game. Each week the rivalries get better and the half-time entertainment more exciting, and we love it.  So remember that you heard it first and fresh off the press on – On the 16 November 2013, another historic day for local basketball will unfold at the Basketball SA Annual General Meeting (AGM), when the National Executive Council elections will be held.  Read the rest of this entry →