PRIOR to the commencement of the 2016 Limpopo Basketball Association (LIBA) season, the words boredom and basketball were painfully synonymous.
Even the not-so clued up analysts who have made a cursory study of last season’s results of Limpopo Pride, the provincial outfit, will come to that conclusion.
The cruel reality at the beginning of the year was that the dying breed of true supporters was treated to one mediocre performance after another.
But doom and gloom have been replaced with enthusiastic on-court performance during action-packed fixture programs exploding every weekend, covering all the five districts.
Indeed, the winds of change are sweeping across the playing courts, much to the excitement of the legion of the game’s devotees.
Since the commencement of the swashbuckling entertainment on February 28, the courts have become the altars of conviction where the game’s worshippers are performing its rituals.
Thank heavens for megastars and upstarts who are now keeping the basketball flame ablaze as it was witnessed during the events that unfolded at the Tshwane University of Technology recently.
Since the 11 teams affiliated to LIBA sprang into action, there have been rising stars that have been providing a glimmer of hope for the future of the provincial game.
Seshego Sonics A are campaigning in this league solidly entrenched as the reigning kings, and the bragging rights they enjoy remain unsurpassable.
The fulcrum of the team, Boyo Mashile has reiterated the team’s intention to tear down any opponent that threatens to dethrone them from their status.
“We have fought gallantly to achieve our top position last season. There will be no slip ups even this time around, as we want to hang onto this position. Our line of attack hasn’t changed much yet there is always room for change” said Mashile.
LIBA chairman Gazani Khoza says they are staging league games every weekend to keep senior players in tip-top form as the start of the National Basketball League is just around the corner.
“If we can maintain a higher standard during league matches and club tournaments in the province, we will continue with the same momentum during our campaign in the national league. As a province we want to improve far much better compared to last year’s performance,” said Khoza.
“Limpopo has great potential and we want to keep these players on course with regular game time. Through the provincial league, we should be able to nurture this talent and produce positive results at the highest level of the national game.”