NATIONAL Association for Secondary School Heads Basketball Top Schools champions Prince Edward and Harare Girls’ High schools will be hoping to successfully defend their titles when 24 schools converge at Falcon College for the three-day tournament which starts tomorrow and ends on Sunday.
Falcon College and Empandeni Girls’ High School will co-host the tournament which is expected to bring out the best in all the schools from the country’s 10 provinces.
Girls’ High will be hoping to make it their 12th win in the tournament since 1999 while Prince Edward have won it seven times.
Other schools that have been crowned champions before include Churchill Boys’ High (four times), Marist Nyanga, Peter House, Mutare Boys’ High School and Milton who claimed the championship in 1999.
It was the same year Townsend won the championship in the girls’ category with Roosevelt being the only other team in the country to win it three times.
Basketball Union of Zimbabwe official Simon Lawson said: “There are going to be fireworks as Prince Edward are hoping to defend their title while Churchill want to claim it. It would be any one’s game.
“Anyone can walk away victorious. Girls’ High will also be looking to defend their title, but it will not be easy as Roosevelt are also hoping to win it,” he said.
Bulawayo will be represented by Milton while in the girls’ category Nkulumane High School will represent the province.
Nkulumane and Milton are in the Bulawayo Basketball League and had good practice last weekend when they took part in the pre-season tournament.
Other schools expected to take part in the tournament include Mzingwane (Matabeleland South), Gloag (Matabeleland North), Serima (Masvingo), Shungu (Midlands), Dangamvura (Manicaland), Churchill (Harare) and Goromonzi (Mashonaland East), Cornway (Mashonaland West) and Chipadze of Mashonaland Central who will play both boys and girls.
In the girls’ section Minda (Matabeleland South), St James (Matabeleland North), St Anthony (Masvingo), Loreto (Midlands), Mutare Girls’ High (Manicaland) and Roosevelt (Harare) will represent their respective provinces.