PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Basketball Association (Maba) are going the distance to beef up their national team ahead of the Vietnam SEA Games.
They are looking at securing the services of several Malaysian players based in Taiwan, including the 2.03m tall V. Dhayalan, who plays in their high school basketball league.
And they are also planning to host a mini tournament in Melaka on April 30 comprising four of the nation’s top clubs – Negri Sembilan Matrix, Melaka Basketball Club, GoStrong and Maryfarm – to assess and select players for the SEA Games from Nov 21-Dec 2.
Maba president Datuk Tan Kang Yong said they did not want to repeat the mistake of the past.
At the last SEA Games in the Philippines in 2019, the men’s team finished sixth in the eight-team standings, while the women cagers came in last of the four-member field.
“We have been placed under Category B because of our past results and have to bear our own expenses for the Hanoi trip but this has motivated us to give a better showing. In fact, we take it as a challenge, ” said Kang Yong.
“We have met with the chef de mission (Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin) and shared with him our target for the team. We’ll announce it after finalising our team and coaching staff. We will form the strongest team, and the coaching line-up.”
All are expected to be finalised by June.
The men will train in Maba while the women, 25 of them, will be based in Segamat from April 30 to May 2.
Meanwhile, Maba signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Five Petroleum Malaysia yesterday. Through this collaboration, the association will be given 18 petrol stations, in which the income would be shared between both bodies.
The stations will be built where Maba’s 18 affiliates are based.
“We are sponsoring Maba for the first time, and we hope every affiliate will be able to generate income and help the development of the game, ” said Five Petroleum managing director Datuk Seri King Lim Chin Fui.
“We believe, this is the right way. Instead of giving money, we help them move forward through this business partnership.”