Northern and Central zone teams will fight for two slots in the last eight of the K65 million National Bank of Malawi Mo626 Ice College Basketball tournament next month.
North and East have three ladies’ and men’s teams, making a total of six.
Central Zone has six teams in the ladies’ and men’s categories, the highest in the competition while the South follows with five in each of the two categories.
Basketball Association of Malawi (Basmal) Technical Director, Obed Nyirongo, said North and East will go into a play-off because they have registered fewer teams compared to the South and Centre.
“Teams from Eastern and Northern zones need to fight during play-offs if they are to progress to the last eight. These play-offs will give us two men’s and two ladies’ teams for the quarterfinal stage. This is so because the two zones do not have as many teams as those from the Central and Southern zones,” Nyirongo said.
He said because of their high number of registered teams, Central and Southern zones will have three teams each advancing to the last eight in both the ladies’ and men’s categories.
“So the two zones will jointly contribute six teams each to the ladies’ and men’s categories. After the qualification matches, teams will go into the last eight before proceeding to the semi-finals and then the finals. We are working on having the finals in March,” Nyirongo said.
Teams battling for honours in both categories in the North are Mzuzu University, University of Livingstonia and Malawi College of Accountancy (MCA).
Eastern Zone has Chancellor College (Chanco), Scorpions and DMI in the men’s category while the ladies’ has Zomba Institute of Management, Chanco and DMI.
Competing in the Central Zone are Malawi Assemblies of God University, DMI Lilongwe Campus, Nalikule Teachers College, African Bible College, Bunda College and Natural Resources College in both the ladies’ and men’s categories.
Southern Zone has the Polytechnic, Malawi University of Science and Technology, College of Medicine, Catholic University and MCA.