The Zimbabwe under 18 boys basketball team continues with its preparations for a maiden appearance at the African Nations Championship set for Rwanda early next month and is not leaving anything to chance in an endeavour to make an impact at the continental basketball showcase.
The squad, which consists of 15 players drawn from different provinces of the country are fine tuning their skills during weekends due to their academic commitments.
And as the African Nations Championship draws nearer, the technical teamâ€™s preparation programme has been focusing on ensuring optimum fitness levels and effective technical awareness among the players.
Head coach, Laddie Munetsi expressed confidence in the pedigree of the players called into camp, underlining the need to work on some of the shortcomings that have been evident in the countdown to the tournament.
â€œWe have our own flair of basketball and excellent players. We have players who are quick, we have good transition and defensive players and we run a good fast break. Weâ€™re concentrating on improving our shooting, which hasnâ€™t been up to scratch in the last games,â€ said Munesti.
The squad will soon be trimmed to a final pool of 12 players who will do duty for the nation in their maiden appearance at the African Nations Championship.
Zimbabwe qualified for the tournament through a wildcard granted by FIBA, the world governing basketball body, following an application.
The African Nations basketball championship will be held in Kigali, Rwanda from the 8th to the 17th of next month and will see Zimbabwe, Angola and Mozambique representing the Southern Africa Zone.