HOOPS! with MWEMBE KAONA
SCUDZ Sports Club, a team of retired basketball players are a resource base for the development of the game and their contribution since they came into being almost 25 years ago cannot be over looked when recording the history of Zambian basketball.
I am always of the view that they can do a lot more just as they are doing with programmes that have extended beyond the borders.
Next month, they will host a masters tournament as part of their participation in the countryâ€™s 50th independence anniversary celebrations.
The club, currently led by Godfrey â€˜Goofyâ€™ Mwanza as president, will host teams from Malawi, Namibia and Zimbabwe in Lusaka.
Scudz are perceived to be a social club that meets every weekend for pick games and in a sense a closed shop but according to objectives outlined in their constitution, there is more to it than just Sunday basketball.
Members are obliged by their constitution to contribute to the development of the game by way of rendering support to the secondary and /or primary schools they attended as individuals
Some of its current members were in their active dayâ€™s star players and successful coaches while some had a stint at administration within the Zambia Basketball Association hierarchy from club, regional and national level.
David Kaunda and Mayford Chikoya have been presidents of ZBA and more recently Sydney Kalema served as vice-president for the southern region.
Some members like Raymond â€˜Fritzâ€™ Chela are to date contributing as officials for clubs in the ZBA league.
Mwanza who is a qualified trainer is one of the countryâ€™s three, diploma holders in basketball coaching from the Hungarian University of Physical Education, a training institution recognised by the International Olympic Committee.
Along with Scud-mate Leon Mphele, Mwanza won countless silverware at the helm of the then glamour side Premium Hawks
Way back in 1992, Scudz held their inaugural invitation tournament an event that was spearheaded by Kalema ,which was a brilliant initiative that added colour to the ZBA calendar.
Almost a decade later, a big follow up event was the Scudz â€“ Top Gear tournament which ran successfully at the Zamsure Sports Complex.
I think the Scudz invitation should have carried on annually and who knows, it could have evolved into a regional tournament attracting top club sides from the SADC region. The masterâ€™s tournament they will host next month attests to this.
With most of their members being successful in business or their respective careers, Scudz have the muscle to swing things for Zambian basketball.
As it is within their statutes to aid schools basketball, a supply of equipment and periodical clinics in this developmental segment a difference can be made.
Perhaps, they need a programme officer to implement what they have set out as their objectives since most members have fulltime businesses and jobs to attend to.
Whatever the case, they are a capable crop that can be relied on . Scudz can do it.
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HOOPS! with MWEMBE KAONA