Vixens gun for the fourth national title

By Mthokozisi Dube

HARARE-based ladies basketball team Vixens are gunning for their fourth national title after storming into the final of the national basketball championships in Bulawayo.

After overcoming Lakers 52-41 in the semis, Vixens look set to win their fourth national title in a contest where they will face a familiar foe in the form of UZ Sparks.

Vixens coach Simon Lawson is however not taking anything for granted saying they are under pressure to perform against a team that has nothing to lose after making it to the final for the first time.

“Look we are a championship-winning side. we have won it three times and we are meeting a side that may be comfortable with the result but we are ready for the challenge,” said Lawson.

UZ Sparks got the better of JBC 62-44 and coach Kello Munaku says they will fight tooth and nail to win the final which comes with a ticket to the Zone VI Championships.

“We are into the finals thanks to hard work. We will give our best shot to be crowned champions,” said Munaku.

On the men’s side, Foxes who beat Mavericks 61-43 face Mercenaries who edged JBC 58-46 in the final.

Meanwhile, the Basketball Association of Zimbabwe President Joe Mujuru has heaped praise on the Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) for promoting the participation of women in basketball by meeting some of the administrative costs.

“We are happy to stage this edition of the championships but what is more important is that the competition is coming hard on the heels of FIBA efforts to promote the involvement of women in the sport through meeting costs halfway with associations,” Mujuru.

The basketball tournament which is taking place in a changed format is coming against a background of a partnership between FIBA and the NBA.