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Hope Chisamanga speaks out on basketball

Renowned basketball player-cum-coach, Hope Chisamanga, has said the revival of the sport should begin with its re-introduction in schools.

Recently, Chisamanga received Bob Kandulu Trophy— which is named after legendary basketball coach—in recognition of his contribution to basketball development.

The Magang’a Basketball Club founding member admitted that basketball authorities had, until 2016, struggled to set up structures for the sport.

“In the early 2000 to 2009, basketball was on the right track but, eventually, it slowed down. During that time, we had quite a considerable number of schools that were playing basketball. But, since 2015, there has been a revival,” he said.

Chisamanga said lack of infrastructure was hindering the progress of basketball, especially in rural areas.

“The only challenge in rural areas is that they don’t have infrastructure. Basketball is quite different from football and netball, where you can use a standard pitch and improvise goal-posts. In basketball, you need rings, bolts and cemented courts. To revamp the sport, we need to go back to secondary schools,” he said.

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