The Zimbabwe Under 18 boys basketball team is set to rub shoulders with some of the continentâ€™s powerhouses when it makes a maiden appearance at the Under 18 Africa Nations Championship to be held in Rwanda early next month.
Zimbabwe qualified through a wildcard granted by FIBA, the world governing basketball body, following an application.
With Team Zimbabweâ€™s preparations on course, Basketball Union of Zimbabwe Competitions Director, Simon Lawson said since they will be participating for the very first time, winning the ultimate prize is not their primary objective.
â€œWe go there with the disadvantage of lack of exposure since it is our first time at the tournament. Our target therefore is the semi finals since we will be coming up against very strong sides such as Angola and Mozambique who are up there in terms of development programmes,â€ said Lawson.
Due to the academic commitments of the players in the Zimbabwe team, the squad only undergoes training during weekends.
The positive thing about that however is that since the basketball season is in progress in schools, players will still see competitive action, leaving the technical team with the responsibility of coming up with team structures and combinations.
The Africa Nations basketball Championship will be held in Kigali, Rwanda from the 8th to the 17th of October with Zimbabwe, Angola and Mozambique representing the Southern Africa Zone.