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Knights step up Swazi trip preps

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Central Region basketball giants, Central Knights have stepped up preparations ahead of Swaziland Invitational Tournament to run from June 24 to 26.

The tournament will be held at Mavuso Sports Centre and Uniswa Kwalusani in Swaziland.

The tournament, designed to develop the sport across Southern Africa, has attracted 40 teams from nine countries.

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Knights head of marketing and fundraising, Emanuel Phiri, confirmed that the team had intensified training.

“We are appealing to individuals and companies to help us with funding. On the court, we are working hard and we are confident that we will do well,” Phiri said.

The team, which needs K5 million for the trip, has also intensified fundraising activities.

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Malawi Digital Broadcast Network recently donated two decoders worth K20,000 each to be used as second-place prizes for a raffle draw.

There will also be two lunch vouchers worth K12, 000 for the third-place prizes.

Tickets for the raffle draw will be selling at K1,000 each.

The raffle draw will be conducted on the June 4 in Lilongwe.

Knights were drawn in Group C alongside Cameo (Zimbabwe), Craques da Boca (Mozambique), Manzini Super Stars (Swaziland) and Lichocha (Lesotho).

Group A comprises Jozi Nuggets (South Africa), Harare City Hornets (Zimbabwe), Mbabane Raptors (Swaziland), BBH and Botswana Police (both from Botswana), whereas JBC (Zimbabwe), MBB (South Africa), KTA (Lesotho), Imbumbe (Swaziland) and Lunyengo Pacers (Swaziland) are in Group B.

Group D comprises Dolphins (Botswana), Unam Rebels (Namibia), Mutarara (Mozambique), Jazz (Swaziland) and Hustlers (Zimbabwe).

A total of 16 women’s teams will also take part in the competition.

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