Six local basketball teams are today expected to leave for Zimbabwe ahead of the Harare Mayor’s Invitational Basketball Challenge (HMIBC) to run from August 18 to 20.
All the teams are from Central Zone Basketball League (Cezobal), namely reigning champions, Central Knights, Cougars, Bravehearts, Lady Dynamites, Cougars Ladies and Bravehearts Ladies. The teams will travel by road.
Bravehearts Chairperson, Griffin Kalua, said his teams were ready for the Zimbabwe challenge.
“We are not tourists and we want to bring gold medals. Our preparations have been good and all the players are in good mood,” said Kalua, whose team lost 70-55 to Cougars in the final of King& Queen of the Court Tournament last Sunday.
Cougars want to replicate their domestic form on the international stage.
“We are in the right state of mind and the players are hungry for success,” Cougars Board Member, Tendai Banda, said.
The tournament will also attract teams from Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zambia and Botswana.
Cougars are in Pool A alongside Harare City Hornets, Southern Mavericks, Midlands Sate University and Looters whereas Bravehearts are in Pool D comprising JBC, Glenview Rockets, Savio and Troopers.
The Hornets and Cougars’ match will potentially be exciting as the Harare side lost to the Lilongwe team in March.
Knights are in section B alongside Foxes, Matero Magic (Zambia), Mercenaries and Francistown Flames (Botswana).
In the ladies’ category, Dynamites, Cougars, Magic, The Weekend Squad, Lakers and Vixens are in Pool B whereas Bravehearts are in category A alongside Mavericks, JBC, Dolphins, Midlands and Hornets.
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