06 Jul 2016 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 06 JUL (NAMPA) - Basketball action resumes this Friday and Saturday at the University of Namibia (UNAM) following a lengthy break due to university examinations.
The Khomas Basketball Association (KBA) Live Cup, formerly known as the KBA Cup, will kick off the second round of the basketball season on Friday, with the first match set to start at 18h00 and the last game scheduled to start at 20h00.
The Live Cup is contested by all First and Second division male teams and all female teams.
Teams meet in the Round of 16 in home and away games, with the stand-out match being the one between Zula Eagles and UNAM Raiders on Saturday at 16h00.
Allan Nghixulifwa, the competition director at KBA, told Nampa Wednesday this is the game to watch because Raiders are currently on top of the Second Division while Eagles are anchoring the First Division.
Eagles will have to prove that they belong to the top league, while Raiders will want to make a statement to say they can challenge teams from the top league.
Another exciting match-up will see The Lions face UNAM Pacers in an all First Division match of the cup competition on Saturday at 18h30.
The Lions, who are the defending champions, struggled to beat the Pacers who were promoted just last year, added Nghixulifwa.
Other matches will see UNAM Rebels face Blue Devils on Friday at 18h00, while UNAM Wolves face Plaza Warriors on Friday at 20h00, NUST Blues vs Lingua Mwangole 1 at 12h00 on Saturday and DHL Titans clash with Afro Stars at 14h00 on Saturday.
The next Live Cup matches will be on 19, 20 and 21 July, after which the winners will proceed to the quarterfinals, where Lingua 2 and the Barleys will join them after receiving a bye in the Round of 16.
In the female section, only one quarterfinal match will take place between UNAM Sparks and Nust Eagles. The winner of the match will then proceed to the semifinals where they will face the Divas. The other semifinal will see BAS Falcons battling it out with the Lions Ladies for a spot in the final.
The games are played at the UNAM basketball hall and admission is free.
The clubs are funding their own league activities, while some individuals have come on board with sponsorship, including KBA president Penda Hangala of Zula Wear, who pledged N.dollars 50 000, while Sky Jia Fan of the Chinese Clinic in Wernhil Park Shopping Centre sponsored the basketball rims worth N.dollars 60 000 and a further N.dollars 20 000 for medals and the trophy.
The KBA League resumes on 16 July. The 2016 league kicked off on 01 April.