Blackswords soar

12 November 2019 | Sports

Ester Kamati

The Blackswords have proven that teamwork makes the dream work, by winning the 2019 Khomas Basketball Association (KBA) division one men’s league, where 17 teams, comprised of learners and students, took part.

Coached by Titus Mwahafa, the Blackswords are the senior team of the Technical Basketball Academy.

Captain Meunae Tjirimuje said they will take on the premier league next, in the hopes of securing another win.

“Ball is life,” said Tjirimuje, who is passionate about basketball, as well as ensuring that his team is well-prepared and committed to the game.

Mwahafa describes the team of young men as passionate and driven, and said although this was a major accomplishment, the work does not end there.

“What we can do is build a grassroots programme in all the regions and increase the pool of players,” he added, saying a lot of work needs to be done to reach a level of professionalism, when it comes to making the court equivalent to an office in the world of work.

The players, mainly scholars, are constantly advised by their coach not to neglect their schoolwork and to rather prioritise it.

The motto is that you are first a student, before you are a basketball player.

Philip Daka shared that he copes by prioritising and ensuring that his time is well-spread between visiting the library and spending time on the court.

He added that when priorities are well-aligned, the vision becomes clear and time management is made easier.

The team shared they have encountered tough sides during the league, such as the University of Namibia’s Titans team. According to Dionisio Tingao, the team’s point guard, the secret is “basketball IQ”. “Understanding the game always works in the players’ favour… and when speed comes into play, the team is unstoppable.”

NBSL awards young players

This past weekend the Namibia Basketball School League (NBSL), with assistance from the Namibian Basketball Federation (NBF), hosted its second annual awards ceremony at the Dawid Bezuidenhout High School hall. The day served to recognise all the players, coaches and officials that made the 2019 season a success.

NBF president Andrew Masongo said the basketball community must continue to work together to ensure that the sport continues to grow.

OTB Sport Namibia is the main sponsor of the NBSL.

OTB’s Daniel Sule said: “OTB sponsors all the awards for the league, because we understand the power of sport and the impact it has on the lives of these children.”

The event also served as a platform to recognise the 3x3 players, who will be going to Gaborone, Botswana to represent Namibia at the Under-18 Young Lions Cup.

The NBSL winners are as follows:

U-11 mixed

Gold - Windhoek International School (WIS) Team A

Silver - Deutsche Hogere Privatschule (DHPS) Team A

Bronze - Windhoek International (WIS) Team B

U-14 females

Gold - DHPS Team A

Silver - Peoples Primary School (PPS)

Bronze - Mandume Primary School

U-14 males

Gold - DHPS Team A

Silver - DHPS Team B

Bronze - WIS

U-16 females

Gold - DHPS Team A

Silver - Immanuel Shifidi Secondary School

Bronze - WIS

U-16 males

Gold - WIS

Silver - Jakob Marengo Tutorial College

Bronze - Dawid Bezuidenhout High School

U19 females

Gold - DHPS

Silver - Immanuel Shifidi Secondary School

Bronze - Dawid Bezuidenhout High School

U19 males

Gold - DHPS

Silver - Dawid Bezuidenhout High School

Bronze - WIS

Specials awards

Best defensive players

U-11 - Kareem Poonja

U- 14 female - Helen Ndongola

U-14 male - Ruben Hailenge

U-16 female - Rennie Bharoni

U-16 male - Ricardo Wilson

U-19 female - Hilen Nambundunga

U19 male - Tireemukuru Toromba

Most valuable players (MVPs)

U-11 - Tinashe Musavengana

U-14 female - Operi Tjingaete

U-14 male- Awande Maposa

U-16 female- Ashley Linda

U-16 male- Massimo Ferrari

U-19 female- Jennifer Uchezuba

U-19 male- John Diamante

Most disciplined coach - Jacque Louw

Coach of the year - Melusi Linda

Most dedicated team- Concordia College u-16 boys’ team

Female official of the year – Hilen Nambundunga

Male official of the year- Al ticious Links

Leadership award (player) - Hilton Swartbooi

All-Star games’ winners

U-16 female - Red Dragons

U-16 male - Olympians

U-19 female - Black Panthers

U-19 male- Villains

All-Star games’ MVPs

U-16 female - Operi Tjingaete

U-16 male - Titus Ntaagona

U-19 female - Anna Imene

U-19 male - Tireemukuru Toromba

Team Namibia 3x3 representatives

Females: Hilen Nambundunga, Tiffany Khoese, Wendy Liswaniso and Foibe Elago

Males: Ngatjikare Tjitamunisa, Javier Nghishilenapo, Noah Hilengwa and Al Links.



Captions:

BB1: The Technical Basketball Academy’s Blackswords team are the winners of 2019 Khomas Basketball Association division one men’s league.

BB2: The Blackswords faced off against the Unam Titans.

Photos Contributed

Similar News

 

Fairy-tale ending for Looser and Adrian

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMI AND ADOLF KAURE More than a thousand cyclists took part in the 15th edition of the...

What a year

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Sports

As I write my last column for 2019, I would like to reflect on what I feel was good and bad this year in the...

Ashikoto hopes for better 2020

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA Power-Power Development and Boxing Academy promoter Risto Ashikoto says he hopes for a better...

Javier Mascherano unveiled as Estudiantes player

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Sports

NAMPA/XINHUA Javier Mascherano said Saturday that he feels motivated and ready to return to Argentinian football after his official unveiling as...

Go all out for Olympic glory in Tokyo 2020:...

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Sports

NAMPA/XINHUA ...

CAF announces fixtures

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Sports

NAMPA The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Thursday released the fixtures for the Under-17, U-20 and senior teams in the 2020 Women's Africa Cup...

Juve fall to Lazio

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Sports

NAMPA/AFP Italian champions Juventus suffered their first defeat of the season in all competitions with a 3-1 Serie A loss against Lazio in Rome...

Jones wins second Australian Open

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Sports

NAMPA/REUTERS Sydneysider Matt Jones won his second Australian Open title in four years on Sunday after a two-under-par 69 in the...

Ferguson has instant impact

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Sports

NAMPA/AFP Everton caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson inspired a performance straight from the traditional Goodison Park playbook as his side bristled with...

Hadwin driven to avenge 2017 Presidents Cup humiliation

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Sports

NAMPA/REUTERS A burning desire to avenge his previous Presidents Cup nightmare will drive Adam Hadwin at this week's tournament against the mighty Americans at Royal...

Latest News

Debts, joblessness fuel latest rating...

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Economics

Rating agency Moody's downgraded Namibia's economy on Friday to a Ba2 rating but changed the outlook to stable, citing among other things rising government debt...

By-elections galore in January

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Politics

Four by-elections are scheduled to take place on 15 January in constituencies vacated by councillors who resigned because of the enforcement of Article 47 of...

Geingob 'oblivious' to corruption

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Government

If President Hage Geingob does not realise how endemic corruption is in Namibia and what role it played in the humiliation decline of his and...

Trivialising corruption

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Opinion

President Hage Geingob's defensive stance on corruption – capped by his remark on Friday that the problem is not systemic – cannot go unchallenged.For a...

Winning the fight against measles

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Health

Over the past decade there has been a drastic decline in measles cases in Namibia, dropping from 1 815 to only 16 confirmed cases this...

What a year

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Sports

As I write my last column for 2019, I would like to reflect on what I feel was good and bad this year in the...

Ashikoto hopes for better 2020

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA Power-Power Development and Boxing Academy promoter Risto Ashikoto says he hopes for a better...

Javier Mascherano unveiled as Estudiantes...

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Sports

NAMPA/XINHUA Javier Mascherano said Saturday that he feels motivated and ready to return to Argentinian football after his official unveiling as...

Go all out for Olympic...

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Sports

NAMPA/XINHUA ...

Load More