False start to KBA action

11 Jul 2016 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 11 JUL – Khomas Basketball Association (KBA) action resumed on Saturday with three out of the four matches scheduled taking place, while one match was not played due to unpaid affiliation fees.
After a break of almost two months, teams were back in action at the University of Namibia (UNAM) basketball hall on Saturday and Sunday in the KBA Live Cup, formerly known as the KBA Cup.
The cup allows first division teams and second division teams to compete against each other and precedes the second round of the KBA 2016 League Competition.
In the pick of the day match, Zula Eagles beat UNAM Raiders by 84 points to 35. This was a match which was expected to be tightly contested but it failed to live up to expectations. This could be attributed to the long lay-off during the break.
DHL Titans beat Afro Stars by 71 points to 30.
The match between the Lions and UNAM did not take place after the latter failed to pay their affiliation fees on time, meaning they forfeited the game, 20 points to nil.
Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) Blues lost to Lingua College by 55 points to 77.
On Sunday, Rebels beat Blue Devils by 130 points to 44 while the match between UN Plaza and the Wolves did not take place as UN Plaza did not pay their affiliation fees.
Allan Nghixulifwa, the competition director at KBA, told Nampa on Sunday he had spoken to the affected teams and they promised to get their house in order during the week.
“Some teams have not paid their affiliations fees and the deadline was March,” he said.
He further added that if teams do not pay their affiliation fees in full and forfeit three matches in a row, that would mean de-registration from the KBA.
“We will give them time to pay, but after three forfeits, then we will remove those teams from the leagues. I spoke to members of the affected teams and they promised me that by Saturday everything will be sorted, so we will definitely have a full programme this weekend,” Nghixulifwa added.
The league action resumes this coming weekend with fixtures set to be confirmed and released by Wednesday. The weekend’s action is likely to be more exciting seeing that UNAM students will be back at the campus and are expected to turn out in large numbers to support their teams.