SERIOUS efforts are being made to revive basketball in Soweto.
Jackie Masenya, one of the founding members of the sport in the township, says the once-thriving sport has been in decline for some time now but a lot of work is being done to try to resurrect it in Soweto.
"I always get upset when I drive around Soweto to see basketball courts empty.
"The only township where I saw youngsters playing was Diepkloof and it was disappointing that a place as big as Soweto had empty courts with nobody playing," Masenya said.
But he believes that the situation is about to change and that basketball will once again become a popular sport in Soweto.
"We are going to have a tournament on December 12 and 13 at Elkah Stadium in Rockville," Masenya said yesterday.
"Our aim is to start a strong basketball league, which will see all Soweto townships having a club."
Basketball South Africa national administrator Tsepo Nyewe said they would not be able to assist with the tournament.
"I have just got a tax clearance after two years because Gauteng basketball could not account for the money they had been given by the national lottery," Nyewe said.
"But I would advise them to go to the City of Joburg as I'm sure they would be able to help them."