Malawian basketball teams to participate in Zambian International Basketball Tournament

Lilongwe: Five teams from the Central Region Basketball League will be leaving for Lusaka, Zambia where they will participate in the 2018 Zambian International Basketball Tournament scheduled for 23rd to 25th March, 2018.

The teams are expected to leave the country on 22nd March and will join other teams from Zimbabwe, Tanzania and the host Zambia.

The games will be played in OYDC, ZAMSURE and NASDEC basketball courts in Lusaka. The teams representing Malawi include Central Knights, Lady Dynamites and Brave Hearts which comprise both female and male teams.

The teams have been grouped into two pools A and B. Starting with the ladies in pool A, there is Unza Honey of Zambia, Raiders of Zimbabwe, Spax Storm from Zambia, JBC from Zimbabwe, Nishati of Zambia and lastly Brave Hearts of Malawi.

In pool B of ladies tournament there is Lakers of Zimbabwe, Napsa Breeze of Zambia, Magic Spaks of Zambia, Lady Lynx of Zimbabwe, Angels from Zimbabwe and, Lady Dynamites and Lady Cougars from Malawi.

In the men category there are three pools, in pool A there is Oilers from Tanzania, Unza Pacers from Zambia, Hawks of Zambia, and Nishati of Zambia, Raiders from Zimbabwe, Varsity Leopards of Zimbabwe and Brave Hearts of Malawi.

Pool B consists of Matero Magic from Zambia, Napsa Hurricanes of Zambia, JBC of Zimbabwe, Assassins of Zimbabwe, Central knights of Malawi and TPDF of Tanzania.

The last pool consists of Munali from Zambia, Lunga Bullets from Zambia, Eagles of Zambia, Foxes of Zimbabwe, Falcons of Zimbabwe and JFK of Tanzania.

Emmanuel Phiri, head of marketing and fundraising of Central Knights, one of the participating teams in the tournament said this is a great opportunity as such opportunities are rare.

We are going to take it all and showcase our talent as we aim to be the footprint of Malawian basketball and we intend to build and develop one game at a time during this tournament, he said.

He further said they are hopeful of bringing the silverware at home because as a team they are going to fight.

It feels great and it is actually an honour to participate in this tournament. We understand it is a rare opportunity to participate in such a tournament, our preparations are going on well, there’s a lot of morale and excitement in the team as we have stepped up our preparations by having trainings every day.

In addition, we have engaged Brave Hearts one of the best basketball teams in Malawi in a three game series to polish up several things and build team cohesion and chemistry, added Phiri.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

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