Zimbabwe are looking to return to the FIBA Afrobasket when they take on neighbouring South Africa in a two-game playoff qualifier in Johannesburg this weekend.
Mozambique emerged winners of zone 6 group after they defeated Zimbabwe over two legs 80-68 and 85-65 in Maputo earlier this month.
The Mozambique defeat saw Zimbabwe finishing second in the Zone 6 Group H qualifiers and will now meet South Africa who also finished second in Group G qualifiers in Lusaka with a better head-to-head over hosts, Zambia.
Team Zimbabwe is currently in camp and training at the University of Zimbabwe ahead of the play-offs.
Head coach, Emmanuel Mukandi is confident that his charges will pull through after being given an opportunity to play in the play-off for the third slot and has called in two additional reinforcements, among them shooter and centre, Vitalis Chikoko based in France who turns out for Pau-Lacq-Orthez.
Zone 6 has three slots at the continental showpiece that will be held in the Republic of Congo from August 19-30.
Zimbabwe will have to come to terms with the fact that they will be playing away from home and the Proteas have home advantage.