Spreading ‘basketball wings’ in SA

2016-01-13 06:00
Photo: supplied Sanele Mthiyane.

Photo: supplied Sanele Mthiyane.

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SANELE Mthiyane (acting president of Basketball South Africa) has vowed to spread the wings of basketball in 2016 and is looking to “make the basketball every South African’s game”.

Speaking to the Weekly, Mthiyane said: “With schools beginning the new school year today we want to target­ primary­ and secondary schools in the Ilembe District before the end of February­ to set up coaching programmes for teachers and pupils before launching leagues in each of the four municipalities [KwaDukuza, Maphumulo, Ndwedwe and Mandeni].”

South Africa’s outstanding performance­ at the Afrobasket Women 2015 has prompted Mthiyane to build on new programmes as a way to boost the sport’s growth in the country.

Basketball South Africa (BSA) was named as the 2015 National Federation of the Year country and Mthiyane, who served as its vice-president under the then president Graham Abrahams, is looking to make basketball the number one sport at provincial and national level­.

In a statement sent to FIBA.com BSA said: “His [Mthiyane’s] leadership will provide an opportunity for the national executive committee to continue rebuilding the organisation through building active provincial associations, sustaining relationships with national government, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee and international stakeholders.

“Our international focus will be on the preparation for the under 18 boys and girls qualifiers, setting up a coaching commission to advance national coaching­ programmes and focus on the Women’s Basketball programmes”.

Schools that require assistance in basketball must contact Mthiyane on 082 440 8382.

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