Khomas School League showcases talent

• By Michael

  Uugwanga

BASKETBALL In Schools is a grassroots basketball development project aimed at developing and popularising  the sport  in schools.

It is against this background that the Khomas Region is currently running the Khomas Basketball School League with the aim of identifying players  that will take the sport to greater heights.

The Khomas Basketball School League is under the Namibia Basketball School League.

The past weekend the Khomas Basketball School League was played at the United Nations (UN) Plaza in Katutura, with young boys and girls showcasing their talent.

Leonard Amoomo (8) a grade 2 pupil at Mandume Primary School, plays for St Georges Private School and at his  age already dreams of one day becoming like his role model, Stephen Curry.

Curry is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

It feels so good to play basketball. Even though I am too short I can still play.  I started playing since last year. Stephen Curry is my favourite and I want to be like him. At school, Mathematics is my favourite subject,” Amoomo added.

Nickola Schaffrath who plays for Deutsche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS), said he wants to see basketball becoming one of the leading codes.

“My parents are so supportive in my sport. I am 15 and a grade 9 learner. Trae Young of Atlanta Hawks in the NBA is my favourite,” Schaffrath said.

Shitulipo Sakaria, a learner at Hage Geingob Secondary School plays for Khomas High School because at his school there is no a basketball team.

His idol is legendary basketball great Michael Jordan.

“I started playing basketball since 2017. My aim is to play in the NBA one day,” Sakaria said.

Tamara !Gaoses, the coach of Khomas High School and one of the country’s top female basketball players, said that the league gives great opportunities to identify future talent.

“The aim is to have young ones play. We also have young officials who at the end of the day, will learn how to officiate. The league has grown over the years,” !Gaoses said.

The Khomas Basketball School League was established in 1995, but in 2020 it was stopped due to the COVID Pandemic before it made a return few weeks ago.

The league does not have a sponsor. However, the organisers have managed to secure medals, through the generous support of Vivo Energy.