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Zambian refs get Kenya appointment

By VICTOR KUMWENDA
THE International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Africa Zone has appointed two Zambian referees to officiate at the Africa Cup Zone Five preliminaries slated for Mombasa, Kenya.
FIBA Africa has appointed Mweshi Munatamba and Suwilanji Siwila as neutral referees at the tournament set for August 25 to 31.
Zambia Basketball Association (ZBA) general secretary Mwembe Kaona confirmed the appointments in a statement released in Lusaka yesterday.
Kaona said Munatamba and Siwila are Zambia’s only FIBA referees.
“ZBA congratulates the two on their appointment and we wish them all the best as such assignments are hard to come by,” Kaona said.
According to a letter of nomination signed by FIBA Africa secretary general Alphonse Bile, the two will be among nine referees appointed to officiate at the tournament.
Other referees are from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Other neutral referees are Joyce Muchenu of Zimbabwe and Tonton Banza Kalume of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Zone Five comprises East African countries.
Meanwhile, Kaona has been appointed to head the FIBA Africa Zone Six Press Commission of basketball.
“My duties will include publicising activities of the zone and setting up and managing a website covering basketball news in the region. I take the appointment with humility and appreciation and I pledge to do the best in creating awareness of the region’s basketball activities,” Kaona said.
FIBA Africa has various structures which include competitions, youth and women’s basketball, technical and finance.

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