Bas­ket­ball team to camp in Ger­many

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Harare Bureau

THE na­tional men’s bas­ket­ball team is ex­pected to leave for Ham­burg, Ger­many, to­day for a week-long camp ahead of the Afro-bas­ket cham­pi­onships in Tu­nisia. The cham­pi­onships will run from Au­gust 19 to 30. The Zim­bab­wean side is made up of 14 play­ers and has been to­gether since last month pre­par­ing for the con­ti­nen­tal event un­der the guid­ance of coach, Ellery Pinker­ton.

They will be in Ger­many un­til Au­gust 16 as part of their prepa­ra­tions and will head to Tu­nisia on Au­gust 17.

Bas­ket­ball Union of Zim­babwe pres­i­dent, Ad­di­son Chi­ware, who is the head of del­e­ga­tion, is hope­ful the camp will go a long way in pre­par­ing the team for the cham­pi­onships.

“We’re leav­ing to­mor­row(to­day) evening. We leave Ger­many on the 17th for Tu­nisia and the com­pe­ti­tion starts on Au­gust 19 up to the 30th.

“We’re go­ing to be play­ing matches with teams in the Ham­burg Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. It’ll also ben­e­fit our tech­ni­cal side.

“We’ve got ex-na­tional team play­ers who played at the high­est level and are now in the tech­ni­cal de­part­ment so they’re go­ing to im­part knowl­edge and tech­ni­cal as­pects to our coaches.

“We’re go­ing to, at least, play four games, from the 9th to the 16th, so it’s for a week. We’ll be us­ing the lat­est equip­ment plus play­ing ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive matches,” said Chi­ware.

Zim­babwe will be com­pet­ing at the con­ti­nent’s pres­ti­gious tour­na­ment for the first time.

“We’re look­ing at per­sonal goals, what we want for them (the play­ers) is to set per­sonal milestones for in­di­vid­u­als as you know bas­ket­ball is a statis­tics game.

“Our sec­ond goal, we want to be a bet­ter ranked team when we come out of Tu­nisia, that means if we can make it to the sec­ond round it’s okay.

“We know the task ahead of us is a mam­moth task. We’ll play teams that have been there 15 times and are more pro­fes­sional than us but we want to do our best to come out a bet­ter ranked team,” said Chi­ware.

Zim­babwe are in Group D with Cote d’Ivoire, Al­ge­ria and Cape Verde.

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