By ZBC Reporter
THE Basketball Union of Zimbabwe’s preparations for the 2021 AfroBasket qualifiers have suffered a knock with the sport yet to be given the green-light by government.
With only two weeks to go before the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 pre-qualifiers, the Zimbabwe senior men’s national basketball team is yet to get the nod from government to resume training.
BUZ President Joe Mujuru says all the administrative preparations are in place and all that is left is a government waiver for the team to go into camp.
“Basketball is a hands on game we need to be back on the courts as soon as possible so that we can adequately prepare for any competitions, in this case the 2121 AfroBasket qualifiers. Administratively we have done our best but we now ask the government to act with speed and give us the nod. We need to put our players in the right frame on time otherwise we will end up sending a half-baked team,” he said.
Zimbabwe was presented with a second chance to qualify for the FIBA AfroBasket 2021, with teams which came second in their respective groups in the initial qualifiers in January this year set to go into battle at the Pre-Qualifiers tournament from the 23rd to the 25th of this month in Yaounde, Cameroon.
Zimbabwe will be up against South Sudan, Cape Verde and Chad with the winner of the tournament joining Group E which has Morocco, Egypt and Uganda.
The FIBA AfroBasket 2021 will be played in Egypt from the 27th to the 29th of November.