Limbe Leaf are the pacesetter of the inaugural Central Zone Basketball corporate league after they collected full points in their opener at Civo Court on Saturday.
They trounced their fellow tobacco men Premium Tama 23-12 to lead the six-member league.
Former Bunda Buffaloes player, Davies Chikapa, was the toast of the day.
He carried the team to the promised land, posting 20 points while Robert Malunga netted three points.
At half-time, Limbe Leaf were leading 9-2.
In the last-half, Tama, who featured two ladies, Hawa Ali and Miriam Mhango, approached the game a changed side, but Timothy Sitima and William Munthali failed to unscrew the defence mounted by Khama Mwandira and Ricky Mtuwa.
Limbe Leaf stand-in-captain Willard Chakanika, who dedicated the victory to their companyâ€™s director, said the victory will motivate the players to win the league.
Tama team manger Mike Chitsime attributed the defeat to lack of game fitness.
Â â€œWe will team up again and intensify training for game fitness. We are also lacking shooting skills and we will rectify that problem also,â€ said Chitsime.
He hailed Cezobal for introducing the cooperate league, saying it will help employees to spare time to socialise and share ideas.Â
Cezobal chairperson Kingsley Gwaza thanked the teams for turning Cezobalâ€™s dream to reality.
â€œIt is exciting that the league has started. We will conduct a clinic to orient team on the new rules so that they can adapt. We are asking children to come and watch their role models as they will also be motivated to work hard in school and reach their heights,â€ said Gwaza.
In another related matter, Blue Eagles have started the womenâ€™s league on a positive note after they beat ABC Ladies 38-34 in their first game played at ABC Court.