Lak­ers Foun­da­tion tour­na­ment goes in­ter­na­tional

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ngqwele Dube Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

THE 5th edi­tion of the Lak­ers Foun­da­tion Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment has at­tracted more than dou­ble last year’s par­tic­i­pants with teams in­creas­ing from 12 to 32.

Lak­ers Foun­da­tion founder and tour­na­ment di­rec­tor, Sikhum­buzo Ndlovu, said they have also man­aged to at­tract top teams from out­side the coun­try mak­ing it one of the top com­pe­ti­tions in the coun­try.

He said 11 teams from Zam­bia, Malawi and Botswana have reg­is­tered to take part in the tour­na­ment that will be played at Eve­line High School and Khany­isile Sports Club.

The tour­na­ment has also for the first time in­cor­po­rated ju­nior teams and is a pre­cur­sor to the main tour­ney.

It kicks off to­mor­row (Wed­nes­day) end­ing the fol­low­ing day and the main tour­ney kicks off on Thurs­day run­ning un­til Satur­day.

The ju­niors sec­tion is made up of Un­der-13 teams from pri­mary schools within Bu­l­awayo.

“We’re glad the tour­na­ment will be big­ger than what w’re used to and we’re go­ing to have teams from out­side the coun­try mak­ing the com­pe­ti­tion tighter.

“I’m sure bas­ket­ball fans are go­ing to see quite com­pet­i­tive matches be­cause most of the teams from out­side Zim­babwe are big in their own coun­tries and will pro­vide stiff com­pe­ti­tion.

We also have a huge num­ber of teams com­ing from out­side Bu­l­awayo with Harare sup­ply­ing seven. There are five from the Mid­lands and two from Mutare,” said Ndlovu.

He said the tour­na­ment cel­e­brates the girl child par­tic­u­larly high­light­ing the 16 Days of Gen­der­based Vi­o­lence ac­tivism.

The main draw was con­ducted yes­ter­day af­ter­noon at KSC with teams be­ing pooled into groups, with the men’s sec­tion hav­ing four pools with four teams each while the women’s side has two pools with five teams each.

Ndlovu said their vis­its to other coun­tries have seen them es­tab­lish­ing re­la­tions with var­i­ous clubs hence the tour­na­ment get­ting the in­ter­na­tional flavour.

The Lak­ers Foun­da­tion was founded in 2009 with the aim of de­vel­op­ing the girl child’s po­ten­tial through bas­ket­ball.

Shirley Spreeth

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