Harare - The leadership of the proposed SADC Basketball league is working round the clock to put forward a paper requested by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) before the mother body can rubberstamp the organ.
The two parties had a fruitful virtual meeting with FIBA represented by zonal president Paulo Madeira.
The Southern Times Sport has gathered that the SADC Basketball League idea - which came about early this year - has been approved by FIBA and the only outstanding issue is for the representatives of the former to submit the detailed paper to the latter.
SADC Basketball League president Sunny Mbofana said, “There is a consensus and a very strong meeting of the minds regarding the idea of the SADC Basketball League.
“I can confirm that the SADC league board had an opportunity to meet virtually with the FIBA 6 hierarchy led by the zone president Paulo A Madeira and his team recently.
“The SADC league board was however challenged to put up a paper on which decisions can be based on. I can assure the clubs/teams and individuals who came up with the idea of a league for the region that we are on course and finalising the required documents and everything will be submitted as soon as possible.
“I would also want to take this opportunity to applaud the FIBA hierarchy for their developmental approach and for their hearing ear.”
The SADC Basketball League was formed with the idea of giving clubs from Southern Africa exposure to international competition since teams from the region have often played second fiddle to sides from West and North Africa.
Apart from Angola, Mozambique and South Africa, basketball remains a fringe sport in most of the region.
If given the all-clear as is widely expected, the SADC league will see 30 men’s and 30 women’s clubs vying for honours in the region every year starting in 2021.