Zimbabwe wheelchair basketball team is banking on players plying their trade in South Africa ahead of the World Cup qualifiers set for the 16th to the 26th of this month in South Africa.
The 2013 ghost of failing to attend the Wheelchair Basketball World Cup despite qualifying for the world’s show piece continues to haunt Team Zimbabwe.
Team Zimbabwe is set to join seven countries next week in South Arica for the qualifiers but has not secured funding despite approaching the Ministry of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture through the Zimbabwe Paralympic Committee and the Sport and Recreation Commission.
Zimbabwe wheelchair basketball tournament spokesperson Nyasha Nhau is worried that history might repeat itself with time ticking in the wrong direction.
The team is set to depart on Tuesday but has not raised the $44 000 to ferry a contingent of 34 players for the male and female teams.
South Africa, Nigeria, Botswana and Ghana are part of the seven nations participating in the World Cup qualifiers.
With this snail pace in terms of feedback from relevant authorities, the dream of playing in Germany in 2018 might disappear into mere castles.
The association is also appealing for the corporate world to chip in for the setting up of a functional league.
Currently there are provincial structures and the Danhiko Paralympic Games are the only competition.