Zimbabwe is bracing up for the basketball 3 on 3 Africa Nations qualifiers set for Madagascar between the 27th and the 29th of July.

Ten men’s teams will fight for the five available slots to the finals while 8 women’s sides will be fighting it out for the available four.

Participating countries include Tunisia, hosts Madagascar, Seychelles, DRC, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and North African powerhouse Egypt.

After using a tournament held in Harare to select the Zimbabwean side, Basketball Union of Zimbabwe (BUZ) President, Joe Mujuru, believes that his charges stand a good chance considering how they have performed in previous competitions.

“I think we fancy our chances of qualifying on 3 on 3 because we have done pretty well in the past at junior tournaments. In the Under 16 if you remember the Africa Youth Games we got a gold medal.

“Last year we won the Africa championships for the Under 18s in Botswana. So we are pretty excited about going to Madagascar and going to participate in the 3 on 3 tournament,” said Mujuru.

BUZ is currently working on securing travel requirements to Madagascar as FIBA takes care of all expenses once they get there.

The version of the sport has been growing in the country with the setting up of an Under 18 league last year and expectations of having more tournaments in the coming seasons.