New sponsors for basketball league

New sponsors for basketball league

MASERU – The Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) last week unveiled Mohloli oa Tsebo Training Centre and Lesotho National Council of Women as the main sponsors of the 2019/20 National Basketball League (NBL) season.
Both sponsors are putting up an undisclosed sum of money to support Lesotho’s top-flight basketball league this term.

LBA association spokesperson Hopolang Hoala said Mohloli oa Tsebo Training Centre and Lesotho National Council of Women will also help the association in other areas as the season progresses.
“We have other sponsors but I think those two we can call them major sponsors, I cannot disclose the money they will be sponsoring with, I am not allowed, but they will also be helping with other things,” Hoala said.

The new NBL campaign started last weekend and Hoala said there is already a noticeable improvement in the quality of play compared to last season.
There are also changes to the league’s format. Unlike last season when teams were divided into two conferences, this term clubs will compete in a combined round robin league until the end of season playoffs which will decide the 2019/20 NBL champions.
2018 champions Lesotho Polytechnic have taken an early lead in the standings but have played two games while other teams have only played one game.

Hoala said he believes the vigorous transfer business between clubs in the offseason will make the NBL even more competitive because teams have strengthened.
He said clubs are itching to get on the court and play.
“It is very competitive, a lot of things happened last season and people were out to prove themselves; a lot of teams strengthened,” Hoala said.

“(The opening weekend) was close, especially if you look at the first game between Fokothi and Lichocha (Shooting Rifles). It was very close even the score was close. It was a competitive game, everyone wanted to win the game,” he added.
Hoala also vowed the LBA will improve the way it works.
He said the association is going to launch its first-ever mobile app in an effort to improve efficiency in publishing live scores and updates from games.
Hoala also revealed the LBA held a course for first aid and training tacticians prior to the season although the participants are yet to be accredited.

Weekend NBL fixtures:
18:00 (Lehakoe)
T98ers vs. KTA (A)

12:00 Bokamoso South vs. T98ers (L)
13:45 Bokamoso North vs. Bashana Baheso (A)
15:30 SR vs. Bokamoso North (L)
17:15 SR vs. Bokamoso South (A)

Tlalane Phahla


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