Kudakwashe Chikwenje, Sports Reporter
HARARE Basketball Association (HBA) president David Pick Kurai says they have heeded the call by government to suspend the league.
This followed an announcement by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday suspending all sporting activities.
Despite the HBA season being midway through the season, the authorities decided to shelve it and stand guided by the government.
“As Harare Basketball Association we stand guided by the announcement the government.
“Together with our parent association, The Basketball Union of Zimbabwe. We are working on the modalities to ensure that we have a smooth transition. COVID -19 is something that we had not anticipated, therefore, it has made a huge impact negatively on the league.
“We always prioritise the safety of our players and the nation at large therefore we will suspend games whilst accessing the situation,” said Kurai.
Kurai said they have prioritised safety of the players and fans.
He is, however, grateful on the measures that have been spelled out by government to curb the pandemic – in case of an outbreak.
“This season has been exciting throughout all our leagues, Harare City Hornets is on top of both Men and Women A leagues.
“The Men’s B league is set for a photo finish with Mbare Bulls and Black Rhinos having lost a game.
“We are saying safety first. We want our players to be healthy and we encourage them to follow the necessary steps to make sure that they remain healthy,” said Kurai.
He expressed concern over the development saying he hopes the disease will be contained soon to resume sporting activities.
“We are hopeful that we will resume once everything restored back to normal. We know that the government is fully engaged to ensure that all will be well.
“BUZ and HBA are fully seized with this matter. And we will resume the season once it’s safe for our players and the nation at large,” said Kurai.