The programme may be launched before the middle of the year should the proposal be given the thumbs up by the Botswana Basketball Association (BBA).Basketball is a height based sports and with Maun and surrounding areas blessed with children with great height the council reportedly saw it fit to consider starting the programme in the area.
The programme is reportedly spear headed by the BNSC sports development officer in the area Odirile Sibanda."Yes we are working on a proposal to launch basketball as part of the Re ba bona ha programme.We believe this region can produce great basketball players based on the height and strength bodies of most children here. We are still drawing a proposal that will be availed to the country's basketball association.
"We hope they will welcome it (proposal) . For now I cannot divulge when we intend to either launch the initiative or approach the BBA," he disclosed.Should the BNSC desire to launch programme in Maun come to pass the Botswana Defence Force and Maun Sports Complex courts will be used to groom aspiring basketball players according to the development officer.
Currently Maun has football, athletics under its re ba bona ha programme. More codes are expected to be launched soon according to Sibanda."We are still negotiating with other federations to launch other sports codes.Recently we approached an officer in Francistown who specialise in cricket development to assist us draw a plan on how we can launch the cricket programme here.
"He is still doing the plan and we hope the programme will be launched soon," Sibanda disclosed.The Re ba bona ha a programme mostly targeting children in their early primary school years, started some years ago focusing only on football before other sports codes were introduced. The programme has made strides in football. It has produced great footballing stars among them national team goal keeper Kabelo Dambe who is on a season-long loan to South African elite league side, Platinum Stars.