THE Basketball Union of Zimbabwe (BUZ) national championships that were set to begin today in Gweru have been postponed.
The event which was supposed to run from Easter Friday to Easter Monday will now be held on May 2 to 4 after only a few clubs confirmed participation in the annual competition.
Provincial clubs were expected to battle it out at the Midlands State University, Regina Mundi High School and Zimbabwe Academy of Music. BUZ secretary-general Joe Mujuru confirmed the postponement to Southern Eye Sport yesterday.
“We were supposed to have our Easter tournament on April 18-21, but we have since postponed it to May 2-4 due to unforeseen developments.
“It is a BUZ requirement that when we go for this tournament we take teams that are in the top half of each league. But when you look at a province like Harare, their league is not yet over.
“Their league is not yet clear. Mutare had confirmed two slots and had three regrets. Bulawayo Province league is clear because they have one game left,” he said.
Mujuru cited lack of funds as the other reason for the postponement of the competition.
On reports that Manicaland Basketball Association had already indicated they would not participate as they were stripped of their right to host the competition Mujuru had this to say: “ That is not accurate. BUZ sent in bids for provinces interested in hosting this year’s national championships. Manicaland and the Midlands sent in bids then the BUZ executive committee selected Gweru. The committee felt that Gweru was a bit more central and with clubs struggling to get funds hosting in Gweru would be better,” he said.