Friday, 16 September 2011

CPUT Basketball Players ‘slam dunk’ it for the National Women’s Team

ATTACK MODE: Members of the Women’s Basketball team, Cats, Tsebo Mahlophe (No. 13) and Sophy Ngobeni in the background, playing against one of their great rivals, the University of Pretoria.

TWO students have had the honour of representing their country and CPUT at a female basketball competition recently.

Ayanda Vumazonke, who is studying Marketing Management, and Tsebo Mahlophe,   who is enrolled in Sports Management, travelled to Johannesburg for their games against Algeria last month.

The South African team were playing as part of country’s preparations for the African Championship qualifiers which are scheduled to start in 2012.

Ayanda has been playing basketball since she was 10 years old and has represented SA in the under 18 squad.

She says the games against Algeria were great preparation for the future even though they won only one of their three.

“I think we need to work on building the provincial teams and strengthen their skills in order to have a strong national team,” she says.

“I would also like to say a word of hearty thanks to my teammates and our coach, who inspires us to be better players.”

The team’s coach Kimathi Toboti, who also coaches the provincial senior women’s and the university student’s national teams says the SA national squad has lots of potential.

“The team is a vibrant group of up-and-coming basketball players who can reach greater heights,” he says.

“I believe that all the players have the potential to make it to the national squad and even make a profession out of it, with the right coaching, practice and commitment to developing their game.”

By: Thando J. Moiloa

Written by CPUT News