Kovsies looking to dominate Memorial Tournament again

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LEE KHOTLELE

Bloemfontein – The University of the Free State basketball teams are ready and positive ahead of the Central University of Technology Basketball Memorial Tournament to take place on Saturday.

Having finished the tournament as favourites last year, the women clinching it and the men settling for the second spot in their category, the Kovsies are looking to do it yet again this year.

The Kovsies’ women are entering this tournament as favourites, and coach, Francis Khoantle, says they are going to work hard to defend their title, adding that his troops are not under pressure.

“The team is ready even though we’ll be missing two players this weekend, but we’ll have enough players to defend the title,” Khoantle told Courant Sport.

“We’re not under pressure that much as we’ve played most of the teams before and with the experience and competition we had at the USSA we’ll be able to handle it.”

Khoantle highlighted that the team had an outstanding University Sports South Africa (USSA) Basketball tournament, finishing on the seventh spot, and will be looking to pick up where they left off.

The man in charge expressed his satisfactions over the growth of his team, adding that it had improved compared to a few years back.

“This is good for the upcoming Woman Professional Basketball League set to start. So, next year, when the league begins, there’ll be a few UFS players in the team. We’re proud of that,”

Elsewhere, the Kovsies men, who finished second ahead of CUT last year, will be looking to do better this year.

“Preparations are going well. The competition this year will be tough, but we will fight with all we have to ensure that we win the title,” the team skipper, Shumulani Maboho told Courant Sport.

“We have a young team, having lost the other members. However, they have shown hard work and dedication, so we are going to the tournament with a positive approach.”

Maboho added that he would be looking for more composure and focus from his side this year, which played a huge part in the team’s disappointing tournament last year.