ZIMBABWE basketball teams are expected to go into a final week-long camp from Sunday in Bulawayo in preparation for the Afro-Basketball and All-Africa Games qualifiers scheduled for February 21 to 28.
Zimbabwe will compete against South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and powerhouses Angola in the competition set for Zimbabwe International Trade Fair.
Senior women team would be under the guidance of Laddie Munetsi who will be assisted by Southern Eye sub-editor and Under-20 women’s coach, Sam Mutsvanga, while Chewie Gilbert and his assistant Emmanuel Mukandi the former national basketball and rugby team player are the senior men’s team coaches.
Winners of the tournament will book a slot in the All-Africa Games which will be held in Congo, Brazzaville, from September 4 to 19. Most of Zimbabwe women’s team players have represented the country in international tournaments before.
Pretty Tinarwo, Geraldine Chibonda, Sheron Chamwarura, Margret Magwaro, Margret Kanyimo, Dorcas Marondera, Patience Chinhoyi, Rumbi Dhliwayo, Serina Chareka, Rachel Makoni, Charity Gumba and Charity Muchuchuti will be expected to use the experience they have gained in this competition.
Getrude Mapiye represented the country in the Confederation of School Sport Association of Southern Africa in Zambia last year while Melissa Majonga, who was part of the African Union Sports Commission Region 5 Under-20 Youth Games squad, and Yowana Nyangu are also part of the team.
In the men’s team, Zimbabwe will look up to Vitalis Chikoko who is based in Germany while Julian Mavunga and Sternard Mapurisa ply their trade in Italy and South Africa, respectively.
Tawanda Chitsinde, Nyasha Ngove, Benjamin Jani, Tatenda Mutukure, Billy Melusi, Taurai Chitsinde and Andrew Gonese are in the men’s team.
William Muchuchuti, Neville Chivhanganye, Allan Zimbangu, Duncan Shenje, Innocent Sithole, Evaristo Pasipanodya, Simbarashe Mungomezi and Tatenda Tswatswa complete the list.