Botswana Basketball Association (BBA) leadership and its affiliates meet at Palapye’s Majestic Five Hotel tomorrow (Saturday) morning for a key indaba expected to shape the future of the game of basketball in the country.
The indaba is also expected to define the BBA battle in securing sponsorship for both the league and individual clubs currently plying their trade in the second round of the unsponsored competition.
This development comes amid indications that the current leadership wants to make amends with the affiliates and forge a strong relationship with the clubs only concentrated in Gaborone and Francistown only.
Lesego Muzila, BBA Secretary General said the Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be attended by all affiliated clubs and revealed that the meeting is expected to get underway as early as 8:30am.
According to Muzila, a number of issues will be tackled at this meeting.
He said the BBA is currently reviewing its constitution such that it gets improved in order to match with the modern day trends.
Muzila said the reviewing of the constitution was being done by a private consultant who handed over the draft to the leadership some few weeks ago. Now that the consultant is done with the draft, Muzila said affiliates will have an opportunity to add or subtract during the meeting.
“The constitution is a life document. And we will give the affiliates to make some input on the drafty constitution.
In a nutshell, we want the affiliates to either adopt or reject the draft constitution,” he said.
He said if the affiliates adopt the draft constitution, then the document will be send to the Registrar of Companies for approval and safekeeping.
But if the affiliates are going to reject the document, Muzila said it will be taken back to the consultant to include the input by clubs.
Apart from the constitution issue, Muzila said the attendance will have long deliberations on how to grow and develop the game of basketball in the country.
“We are currently struggling to attract sponsors. And we are running short of facilities in many primary schools to run our grassroots programmes. There is need for a serious introspection into some of these problems,” he said.
He urged affiliates to come prepared for the meeting. Muzila said the leadership is looking forward to a vibrant attendance such that the deliberations will be fruitful for the game of basketball.