By Twimepoki Mangani
The country’s basketball giants Bravehearts have expressed satisfaction with the performance of their under-20 basketball team in a developmental tournament held at African Bible College’s Blue Gym in Lilongwe.
Bravehearts’ youngsters emerged champions of the competition after thumping Dream Team Youth 57-38.
This is the second consecutive tournament they have clinched following another win in December last year.
Speaking at the end of the tournament, Bravehearts President Daudi Hussein described the competition as a good platform for young players to continue developing their skills and become competitive.
“The games were entertaining. The boys are playing well and they have a great future in the game. The competition was intense and the stakes were high. We cannot underestimate teams like Dream and Destroyers, who play in the Central Zone Basketball League,” Hussein said.
He said the youngsters should continue working on their game so that they develop the capability to represent the country in international competitions.
“The youth talent at our disposal should be nurtured so that it benefits us at international level. We must groom these players and help them reach their true potential. These are the players to represent Malawi during major tournaments such as Region 5 Youth Games.
“The future looks bright, especially for our team. The youngsters have shown their quality and they are maturing fast. This means it will be easier for them to jell with our senior players as they now know how demanding the game is,” Hussein said.
Dream Team Youth Coach Grace Hamisi hailed the organisers of the tournament for providing the youngsters with a platform for honing their skills.
“This is great for the development of the sport. We had a great tournament and we are excited with what we saw. We played against the best team during the finals and I am proud of my player’s development.
“They worked hand-in-hand with our senior players and the experience was great. I trust that in the next few years, they will greatly improve as a team,” Hamisi said.
Organisers of the competition gave out accolades to outstanding players while Bravehearts sponsors, GY Imports and Exports, rewarded each player with JBL headsets.
Kambere Jama won the defensive player award, with Jevic Busaka lifting the playmaker accolade.
The most exciting player award went to Kelvin Masiyano while Edward Malaya received the sportsmanship award.
Lambert Augustine won the most valuable player accolade.
SOS Magic finished third in the competition after beating Destroyers in a bronze medal match. —Mana