The country’s basketball giants, Bravehearts, have expressed interest to take part in this year’s Zambia International Basketball tournament slated for March 26 to 28 at National Sports Development Centre and Zamsure in Lusaka.
The tournament is expected to attract some 30 teams in both the men’s and ladies’ categories.
Bravehearts patron and coach, Griffin Kalua, said they have already written Malawi National Council of Sports through Basketball Association of Malawi (Basmal) seeking clearance to take part in the competition.
“We have the capacity to follow all Covid-19 preventive measures. We are ready to comply with all requirements should we be allowed to travel. We believe the competition will give our players the chance to prepare well for Fiba qualifiers which will take place this year,” Kalua said.
Kalua said all things being equal, the team will participate in more than three international events this year including the Fiba qualifiers slated for Kenya in October.
“Our aim is to participate in the Fiba qualifiers. We have assembled a good team and we are confident that we can pull a surprise in our debut tournament,” he said.
Both Bravehearts men’s and ladies’ sides will take part in the competition should they get clearance from the government.
However, Basmal General Secretary Peter Gomani said he was yet to get the letter.
“I can only comment once I receive the letter. I do not have any communication pertaining to that on my desk right now,” Gomani said Friday morning.
Bravehearts have participated in several international competitions in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, eSwatini and South Africa.
Apart from travelling outside the country for international competitions, Bravehearts have also hosted international tournaments in 2018 and 2019 in Lilongwe.