Zimbabwe is set host the 24th edition of the FIBA Zone 6 Basketball Club qualifiers in Bulawayo between the 21st and the 29th of October at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair.

Twenty-six teams are expected to tussle it out in the tournament that is being hosted for the second time in the country after the 2008 expedition in Harare.

Each country in the regional block is expected to forward 2 men and 2 women’s teams provided they meet the requirements of eligibility.

Top two sides from the qualifiers in each category will go through to the continental basketball tournaments with November 9 in Maputo, Mozambique being the venue for the ladies.

The men will, however, take a slightly different approach as they will qualify to a continental league on dates yet to be announced.

With the country recording some positive developments of the sport, especially in the junior category, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) General Manager Sikhumbuzo Ndlovu, noted that hosting is part of ensuring locals to experience high level basketball at their door steps.

 “Bringing a competition into the country means it’s now visible to more than 2 teams that are participating that side. We have a larger catchment area. As a LOC, we have targeted all these schools that are promoting basketball, all those that are playing so well. We want them to come and see all of the people that they always hear about,” said Ndlovu.

Zimbabwe is set to be represented by Lakers and Vixens in the women’s category while Foxes and Harare City Hornets will be on the men’s side.

Expectations are that a fifth one may get a wild card entry in Mercenaries from Mutare.