NAMIBIA : Basketball gets house in order

Following the successful hosting of the Basketball Indaba last month, the Namibia Basketball Federation (NBF) continues its efforts to resuscitate basketball as a national sport.

Among the efforts required to restore basketball to its rightful place, the Indaba resolved that new leadership structures be elected in all 13 regions.
This resolution was also in line with the mandate given by the Namibia Sports Commission to the NBF Interim Committee to elect a new leadership.
The election of the new leadership structures was conducted in line with the draft constitution that was facilitated and concluded by the interim committee.
This process led to the election of a new committee to administer the affairs of the Khomas Basketball Association (KBA) as of the 10th of this month.
The committee consists of Isak Nahum (president), Hans Hamukoto (vice-president), Nande Kayala (secretary-general), Ndapandula Haufiku (treasurer), and Mao Mutombo, (development officer).

The NBF Interim Committee also facilitated the formation of the Oshana Basketball Association (OBA), where a new committee was elected.
The 5-member committee is led by Hofni Kapolo (president), Beatha Nathanael (deputy president), Irja Gibeon (secretary-general), Mario Serto (treasurer) and Pondo Nailenge (development officer).
Interestingly, the new committee is dominated by a significant number of women representation, that have shown tremendous interest in administration of basketball in both regions – bringing to an end to breaking the long held tradition of regional committees being the sole province of their male counterparts.
The first initiative of OBA is to stage a basketball summer youth camp with German expert Frank Albin to gauge the interest and the standard of the basketball in the Oshana region next month.

The next elections are scheduled for the Erongo, Oshikoto and Okavango regions during the course of the next three weeks.