By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Bravehearts men’s and ladies’ basketball clubs are set to battle against continental powerhouses when they take part in this year’s Zone 6 Fiba qualifiers scheduled for October 21 to 29 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
The two teams are expected to travel by road on Friday for a tournament that will involve nine teams.
Bravehearts Patron Griffin Kalua said the teams are set for the qualifiers.
“I have been investing in the two teams with the dream of winning Malawi’s national championship so that we can qualify for the Fiba Africa Club championship. Both our ladies’ and men’s teams qualified for the continental event and we are going there to compete and not just to participate, Kalua said.
Bravehearts Ladies Coach, Lusungu Banda, said her charges are aiming at causing one of the biggest upsets in basketball.
“Of course, we are going there as underdogs but we will put up a good fight. We have participated in several international tournaments and we have good players,” Banda said.
Bravehearts Ladies are heading for the tournament in high spirits after winning the Bravehearts Invitational Tournament recently whereas the men’s team exited the tournament in the quarterfinals.
The qualifiers will attract teams from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Lesotho, Angola and Namibia.
Zimbabwe will be represented by Harare City Hornets, Foxes, Lakers and Vixens. Mozambique and Angola will be sending four teams each.
Winners of the qualifiers will make it to the Fiba African Club Championship to face champions from other parts of the continent.
Winners of the continental championship will qualify for the Fiba World Club Championship.
Last year, the continental championship took place in Gaborone, Botswana, and saw Angola sides Libolo and Interclube qualifying for the Africa Club Championship in the men’s category whereas Ferroviario De Maputo and De Agosto of Angola made it in the ladies’ section.
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