BULAWAYO is ready for the annual Basketball Union of Zimbabwe (BUZ) inter-provincial tournament set for Harare this weekend at the Belvedere Teachers’ College.
Bulawayo Basketball Association coach Daniel Mombeshora has promised fireworks with the province optimistic they would make their presence felt in Harare.
“We have members from the national team and these include Liberty Nyathi who was part of the team when Bulawayo last won the inter-provincials in 2007. I am very confident that he will help out boost the young players.
“We have a good team and now we want to show that basketball is alive in Bulawayo. We have had more than eight training sessions and from that I am very confident that the team is thoroughly prepared and will win the trophy as we have had enough time to practice,” he said.
Mombeshora paid tribute to the Bulawayo community for the supported given to the team.
“It’s so amazing that the Bulawayo community has come together to support us. We have had a bus donated to us by Glen Tours and accommodation has also been offered to us. We are really grateful to the well-wishers,” he said.
BUZ president (technical) Sikhumbuzo Ndlovu said Matabeleland South and North would not be taking part in the tournament.
“The tournament is expected to bring together eight provinces namely Bulawayo, the Midlands, Mashonaland West, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Manicaland, Masvingo and hosts Harare.”
Men: Crayton Moyo (Highlanders), Jordan Davis (Highlanders), Andile Chirinda (Nust), Nyasha Ngove, Tafadzwa Gonyora, Liberty Nyathi, William Muchuchuti, Kevin Maengera, Mthokozisi Sithole (Mavericks), Shaun Murambatsvina, Terence Kapere and Shadel Noble (Oilers)
Women: Pretty Tinarwo, Geraldine Chibonda, Jacqualine Penduka, Yolanda Matayataya, Cleopatra Manda, Seldom Woods (Lakers), Sharon Chamwarura, Nobukhosi Ndlovu, Mellisa Majonga, Brandinah Muleya (Mavericks), Shannez Sibanda (Angels) and Nozithelo Ncube (Highlanders)