A total of 18 teams, including four female clubs, will take to the court this weekend in a bid to be crowned Khomas Basketball Association Cup champions.
All games will be played at the UN Plaza in Soweto, Katutura.
The KBA consists of three leagues - the female league, first division and second division leagues.
Fourteen teams from both the first and second division leagues will compete for honours in the men’s section while only four teams will do battle in the ladies division.
All the ladies teams paid N$3,500 each to take part in the competition, while the second and first division teams paid N$5,000 and N$6,000 respectively.
KBA president, Nigel Mubita, told the Windhoek Observer over the weekend that the competition is only open to clubs playing in the KBA league, although there are plans to involve teams from other regions in the near future.
All men’s games will start this weekend until the end of the month and the women division will start with the semi-finals on 16 June with the Lioness taking on TBA Silver Swords and the UNAM Sparks battling it out with BAS Falcons for a place in the finals.
Mubita said teams are only allowed to register a maximum of five foreign players, adding that international players and Namibian players who were not part of the 2017 season require clearance from the national federation of the country they last played in.
“Teams can have a maximum of five foreign players and are allowed to field only three players on the court at any given point of a game.
“Contravening this will lead to technical foul on the coach and a N$2,000 fine on the team. The fine is to be paid before the next game or the team will forfeit the match,” Mubita said.
Currently, there is no cash award for the champions of the tournament, but teams that come first will receive a floating trophy.
“There will be no prize money unless we get a sponsor in due course. Remember that these teams are already playing in the KBA league, meaning that the registration money for the cup is the one that they registered with in the league,” Mubita said.
The KBA league will resume on 1 July even though the KBA Cup final will be played on 7 July after changes to the initial date of 30 June.
UNAM Wolves are the defending champions in the men’s division, while UNAM Sparks are the holders of the cup in the female division.
The Lions, who are leading the KBA First Division League with 10 points, a point ahead of second place team and defending champions UNAM Wolves, will be favorites to lift the cup this year.
BAS Falcons and UNAM Sparks are the two favourites in the women division, with both teams level at the top on the log with nine points each.
KBA Cup draw
Zula Black Mambas vs Chopsies TITANS, Plaza Warriors vs Tsumeb TITANS,The Lions vs UNAM Raiders, TBA Black Swords vs UNAM Pacers, Afro Stars vs NUST Blues,UNAM Rebels vs BAS Vikings, Lioness vs TBA Silver Swords, BAS Falcons vs UNAM Sparks and Wolves2 vs TITANS2.