Lilongwe-based Brave Hearts Basketball Club has unveiled a development plan that aims at reviving basketball glory in the country.
Basketball used to be second to football in terms of popularity in the 1990s and early 2000s, but it has deteriorated into its lowest ebb due to, among other things, lack of sponsorship and seemingly poor administration.
However, Brave Hearts, formerly known as Rejects, want to reignite the popularity of the sport through sponsorships, coaching clinics, exchange visits and improvement of basketball infrastructure in schools, institutions and youth centres, according to the club’s chairperson Griffin Kalua.
He said with support from G.Y. Imports and Exports, the club has already fulfilled some of the objectives by organising tournaments in Lilongwe, Mzuzu, Salima and Kasungu, the latest being a memorial tournament for former basketball promoter the late Lawrence Chakholomana.
Kalua said they have organised a launching ceremony that will be spiced by an international basketball tournament involving top Malawian and Tanzanian basketball teams.
The Tanzanian teams are East Zone I, who recently won an inter-province championship and West Zone III, who were runners-up. n