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Flames basketball team sends an SOS

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Flames Basketball Club of Francistown is in urgent need of sponsorship to help them keep the basketball fire burning in the northern part of Botswana.

This came to light when Voice Sport interviewed club Tebogo Ndlovu who calls herself the club’s “run around guy”.

“The club is to secure sponsorship in terms of transport, training equipment, playing and league logistics” she said.

According to Ndlovu the club, has since its formation by a group of basketball loving young men to seven years ago depended on member contributions and the goodwill of their Chairperson Chenamani Nkobodo to meet their financial needs.

The founders of the club, which is the only one in the Basketball league from northern Botswana, were inspired by the fact the only clubs were in Gaborone and their love for the game.

“Finance is the main challenge as most in the team are at tertiary institutions and unemployed. Most of the time we cannot travel with a full squad to Gaborone where most games are played because of lack of transport but we have never dishonoured a game. The heart and the love of basketball has kept the team alive” Ndlovu told Voice Sport emphasizing their urgent need for monetary support.

The club whose dream for now is to win the league and the National Championship has not let lack of money dampen their spirits and have been involved in community projects.

A fortnight they had planned a charity tournament involving Gaborone and Zimbabwean teams to help a disadvantaged family in Coloured Location Francistown.

The project which was managed by Ndlovu had to be called off on the second day because of rain.

According to Ndlovu this was not a one off thing as the club has been involved in community projects since its formation.

“The club has done a lot for the local community. Coach Tiro Serumola coaches Mater Spei, John Mackenzie and Clifton School teams. We have hosted youth basketball development clinics. We officiate in Botswana Integrated Sport Association games and participate in coaching