Championship Commemoration

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Greatness has a story

They say that your greatest ability is your availability -That is the story of the Tshwane Suns basketball team, a bunch of guys who showed up in every game like they were fighting for their lives. A brotherhood created by having one thing in common, a love for the game.

The first season was nothing short of amazing. The Tshwane Suns debut in the Basketball National league was stamped with a victory, one that will never be forgotten. “Pure joy,” said George Makena, the coach of the Suns, who was interviewed by Supersport soaking wet, fresh off a champagne shower in the locker room. Tshwane Suns celebrated its first BNL championship when the final buzzer sounded, the players forming a frantic mob at centre court as silence fell over the crowd. That is what described the championship – pure joy.

The 2013 season ended with the captain, Neo Mothiba being awarded the league’s Most Valuable Player Award (MVP). He and fellow teammate Allen Danga were selected as All Stars for their outstanding play throughout the season.

The big question next season was can they do it again? The question lingered after every game as the team gathered in the locker room, only to realize that it was possible, they could actually do it again. The Suns made a habit of warming up for practice by launching court-length shots. Neo Mothiba (Captain) pumped up the energy by filling the team’s warm up with song and dance. And there was a rhythm to the way the team toyed with opponents, the quick beat set by Tich Mabiza, who pirouetted past screens and bounced around defenders, his buckets punctuated by yelps from his teammates on the bench. Tshepo Matsie connected on countless daredevil shots, but each somehow felt fresher and more inventive than the last. It became real, Tshwane Suns would Repeat and win the BNL championship for the second time- a story for the ages. You had to have been there.

2014 BNL Champions

The 2014 season ended with the starting point guard, Tichafara Mabiza being awarded the league’s Most Valuable Player Award (MVP). He and fellow teammate Gedeon Mulamba were selected as All Stars for their outstanding play throughout the year.

Not every story has a happy ending,” said Dion Karagiannis, the chairman of the Suns after taking the bronze medal in the third season of the Basketball National League. “It doesn’t mean it was a bad story. It was not. It was a good story.” The team showed resilience throughout the whole season, but did they really expect the team to three peat? Yes, they did. Did we expect to three peat? Yes, we did and we owe it to our fans to bring back the championship mentally back.