By Asher Manzini
Midlands Basketball League reigning champions Kwekwe Steelers has disbanded due to financial challenges.
The club’s financial situation has led to player exodus to other financially stable clubs.
Steelers were a force to reckon with last season when they dethroned powerhouse Unicorns as league champions.
Midlands Competitions Commission President Anesu Sibanda confirmed to this publication that Steelers was no longer part of the league after it disbanded.
“It’s very unfortunate that our defending champions are no longer part of us after they separated as most players moved to Harare league while others joined Gweru giants Unicorns,” he said.
He also added that the league needs sponsorship in order to avoid good teams breaking away from the league which is a step backwards in terms of growing and making the league competitive at large.
Former Steelers player whose name is withheld also confirmed that he was left without a club after the splitting up of the team.
“I do not have a club at the moment since Steelers no longer exists which is a painful thing if we consider that last season we were champions but now some of us are left without a team. I don’t have enough information of why it disbanded but the club couldn’t carter for our travelling expenses as well as paying match officials after each game,” he said.
It is a huge blow for the league considering the competition Steelers gave to the rest of the teams as they will surely be missed by Unicorns who were dethroned by the Kwekwe side.