By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Central Zone Basketball League men’s and women’s basketball clubs got off to a flying start at the 2018 Zone 6 Fiba qualifiers underway in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
The men’s team defeated Zimbabwe champions 77-49 in the opening game whereas the women’s team beat Vixens 70-61.
Malawi’s other representative, Central Knights, were in action against De Agosto as we went to press.
In other games, Angola’s Petro defeated Ferraviario de Maputo from Mozambique in the men’s category whereas Interclube of Angola beat Lakers 96-40 in the women’s category.
In an interview from Zimbabwe, Bravehearts Patron, Griffin Kalua, said he was satisfied with the two teams’ performance.
“We have assembled good teams and we are able to compete against the best in Africa. We have started well and hope to pull a surprise,” Kalua, whose teams are making a debut in the Fiba qualifiers, said.
But Knights Team Manager, Barlet Mafuleka, also said his charges are aiming for a good start.
Top teams from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Lesotho, Angola and Namibia are taking part in the tournament.
The winners of the qualifiers will qualify for Fiba Africa Club Championship whose overall champion will qualify for the World Club Championship.
Last year, the event took place in Gaborone, Botswana, where Libolo and Interclube from Angola qualified for the Africa Club Championship in the men’s category whereas Ferroviario De Maputo and De Agosto of Angola also qualified for the ladies category.
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