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Kitwe DC counsels basketball players

KITWE district commissioner Chanda Kabwe has implored basketball players not to give up despite the numerous challenges the sport is facing.
In a speech read for him by his representative Boyd Phiri during the inaugural Sprite Zambia Basketball Association (ZBA) awards gala at Greek Olive Club in Kitwe on Thursday, Kabwe said Government appreciates the effort of the corporate world and other stakeholders in reviving basketball in the country.
“We know there are challenges ranging from lack of basketball courts and sponsorship but please do not give up.  Do not let the sport die,” he said.
Kabwe also urged young players not to forget about their studies but combine school with sport.
And ZBA vice-president (North) Andrew Phiri said the 2015 season had seen renewed partnership with the Sprite brand.
Phiri said several successes were scored last year among them the launch of the under-15 league.
He said the under-15 league is important because the future of the sport depends on a strong foundation.
Meanwhile, Solwezi Panthers were crowned 2015 B – League champions.
Panthers have since won promotion to the A – League.
CEC were declared the most promising team in the under-15 league while Lunga Bullets were the team-of-the-year in the A – League.
Various players from the under-15, B – League, women’s League and men’s A League were given awards such as the most valuable player, most improved player, best defensive player and most disciplined player.
The awards gala was sponsored by the Zambian Breweries Group.

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