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Bravehearts players earn Zimbabwe call-up

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By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

RECOGNISED IN ZIMBABWE—Chizah

Two Bravehearts basketball team players have been called up for Zimbabwe’s national basketball team currently taking part in the Afro Basketball Zone VI preliminary round qualifiers.

The players are Henry Chizah of Bravehearts men’s and Gertrude Mapiya of the ladies’ side.

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The two were considered after their impressive performances with the Central Zone Basketball League (Cezobal) giants.

Bravehearts Patron and Coach, Griffin Kalua, said the development is an indication of the club’s quality.

“This just shows that we signed good players from Zimbabwe. It is not easy to be considered for the national team of Zimbabwe as the country has many talented players. We are proud of the two players,” Kalua said.

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In a statement, Cezobal Chairperson Hellen Chabunya said the league was happy with the success of Chizah and Mapiya.

“On behalf of Cezobal and basketball stakeholders, I would like to congratulate Chizah of Bravehearts for his selection into the Zimbabwe national basketball team and his contributions towards their 67-61 win over Mozambique. We wish him further success in the on-going tournament,” Chabunya said.

Meanwhile, Bravehearts men’s and ladies teams have stepped up preparations for the 2019 eSwatini Invitational Challenge tournament slated for June 17-22 in Mbabane.

The two sides are using the league games currently underway in the region as part of preparations for the event.

Kalua said they are leaving no stone unturned in their preparations.

“This will be the second time for us to participate in the tournament. Our target is to improve on last year’s performance. We went as far as the semi-finals and we believe making it to the final is possible. We have assembled a good squad which is giving us hope,” he said.

Bravehearts also took part in several international tournaments in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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