TWO players from the Wits Basketball Club have been selected to represent South Africa at this year’s All Africa Games (AAG).
Lebesa Selepe and Wayne Mhlongo play for the Wits men’s first team and have been instrumental in the team’s success for the past two seasons.
Mhlongo played for the senior basketball side in January in the qualifiers for the AfroBasketball Championships held in Madagascar last month and also for the AAG.
“Playing for the national team is very nice, to be selected amongst the best that the population (of basketball) has to offer is an honour, seeing that I enjoy the sport so much,” says Mhlongo.
It is unfortunate that final year BA student Mhlongo had to withdraw from the team.
“I decided to pull out because I’m in my final year and therefore I cannot sacrifice my work to make myself eligible to represent the country.
“It is unfortunate and disappointing, but a critical and important decision had to be made on my part,” he said.
Second year law student, Selepe, played for the U20 national basketball team last year.
“It is an honour and privilege to represent my country at the games and I hope to do my best,” Selepe says.
Selepe will be playing as points guard.
The two players are on Department of Sports and Recreation bursaries. This year’s AAG will be held in Maputo, Mozambique, from September 3-18. Wits Sports is proud of the two students and wishes them well.