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The local basketball fraternity has a chance to learn from foreign teams that are touring Malawi this month.

The teams are Equity of Kenya and United States of America’s Justice College.

Equity arrived in the country early this week while Justice are scheduled to land in the country on Sunday.

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Justice College will play a series of matches in Lilongwe and Blantyre from June 15 to 18.

African Bible College (ABC) online is bankrolling the American team’s visit.

Addressing journalists at the college’s campus in Lilongwe on Tuesday, ABC Chancellor Paul Chinchen described Justice College’s visit as an opportunity for Malawians to watch top class basketball.

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“We are set to host Justice College basketball team. This is an opportunity for Malawians to watch a team from the United States where basketball is played on a very competitive scale,” Chinchen said.

The former Malawi national basketball team coach said local teams will learn a lot from the visitors.

“Our aim is to take the game of basketball to another level. In USA, basketball teams are more advanced compared to ours here in Africa. We believe this visit will be very beneficial to our game,” Chinchen, who also served as Basketball Association of Malawi chairperson, said.

While in the country, Justice College will play against Central Knights, ABC Lions, Bravehearts and Lilongwe All Stars.

They will start the Malawi tour with a match against Knights on Wednesday at ABC Blue Gym before meeting ABC Lions at Macon Gym 24 hours later.

On June 17, the Arizona-based team will face Malawi’s national champions Bravehearts at ABC Blue Gym.

Organiser of the event, Dyton Tchoma, said everything was in place for the matches.

“We are well prepared for these games. Our venues Blue and Macon gyms are in the right condition to host these games,’’ Tchoma said.

Speaking on behalf of the local teams, Daudi Hussein said they were geared for the games.

“We have prepared well and we will do the nation proud,” Hussein said.

To watch the Wednesday and Thursday matches, adult basketball fans will pay K2,000 each while kids are expected to cough K1,000.

For Friday and Saturday matches, the entry fee is K2,000 for kids and K3,000 for adults.

Equity will face Cezobal All Stars today before meeting Sozobal All Stars Friday.

On Saturday, Equity will be in action against Nozobal before lining up against the Malawi National Basketball Team.

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