All set for MBU tour­ney in Kwekwe

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BAS­KET­BALL en­thu­si­asts in Kwekwe are in for a treat this week­end when 16 teams take part in the Mid­lands Bas­ket­ball Union (MBU) pre-sea­son tour­na­ment.

The an­nual tour­na­ment is a cur­tain raiser to the pro­vin­cial bas­ket­ball league that is set to kick-off on Septem­ber 17.

MBU sec­re­tary Matthew Tum­bare said all is now set for the tour­na­ment.

“Ev­ery­thing is now in place for the pre-sea­son tour­na­ment, which is used by clubs to gauge their strengths and pre­pared­ness ahead of the sea­son. It is also an op­por­tu­nity for play­ers to de­ter­mine their fit­ness lev­els ahead of the sea­son,” said Tum­bare.

“This year we have also in­vited three teams from Kadoma to fea­ture as guest teams. As a prov­ince, we are con­fi­dent that we will wit­ness some good bas­ket­ball over the week­end.”

Uni­corns won the 2015 men’s tour­na­ment, while MSU were the ladies’ champs. Uni­corns are touted to pose a threat to MSU in the ladies’ cat­e­gory, while Zvisha­vane Hawks should chal­lenge Uni­corns in the men’s sec­tion.

Other teams that will fea­ture at the tour­na­ment are Ti­tans, Fal­cons, Steel­ers, FAFB and Drifters. League new­com­ers Red Bulls and Chee­tahs, both from Shu­rugwi par­tic­i­pate in the men’s event, while another Shu­rugwi out­fit Lady Bull has also af­fil­i­ated in the women’s league.

Tum­bare said they were as­pir­ing to make the league more com­pet­i­tive by look­ing for a spon­sor to bankroll the pro­vin­cial league.

The first round of league matches will be staged in Zvisha­vane at the Ma­glas and McA­dams Courts.

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