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Basketball extravaganza set for Gweru

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SIXTEEN men and 13 women’s basketball teams from across the country will converge in Gweru for the three-day annual National Club Championships that kick off tomorrow.

RONALD MOYO
SPORTS REPORTER

The games will be played at Regina Mundi and the Midlands State University.

Basketball Union of Zimbabwe (BUZ) secretary Joe Mujuru yesterday said everything was in place for the competition.

Mujuru said a competitive tournament is expected as teams to represent the country in Region V club championships will be selected.

“We are geared to go. Everything is now in place and like in the past years, we are going to have medals and individual awards. We do not have monetary prizes because we do not have sponsors,” Mujuru said.

Some teams are seeded according to last year’s performance and in the men’s section, Cameo from Harare are seeded first.

They are followed by JBC from Harare. Mercenaries from Mutare are third while Raiders complete the top four.

In fifth position is the Gweru side Unicorns who are followed by Bulawayo teams Highlanders and Southern Mavericks in position six and seven respectively.

Green Stars of Harare are seeded number one in the women’s category followed by JBC while Highlanders and Lakers are third and fourth respectively.

Bulawayo Basketball Association secretary-general Howard Phangwana backed the Bulawayo sides especially Lakers and Mavericks in the women’s section and Mavericks men’s team to do well in the competition.

“In the women’s side we have Lakers and Mavericks. They did well in the Bob 90 tournament and played each other in the final. We know Harare teams want to beat them this time, but they are good sides. In the men’s section we should rise to the occasion because there are teams like Cameo and JBC. They are good and every team in the tournament would like to avoid drawing them in the first round,” Phangwana said.

Cameo and JBC are the pre-tournament favourites in the men’s section as they are ranked sixth and eighth respectively in the Southern African Clubs championships.

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