BUZ needs $57k to host Zone 6 champs

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

THE Bas­ket­ball Union of Zim­babwe (BUZ) needs $57 000 to suc­cess­fully host the Zone 6 Bas­ket­ball Club Cham­pi­onships to be held at the Zim­babwe In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair grounds in Bu­l­awayo this month.

Six­teen teams from six coun­tries, Zam­bia, Malawi, Mozam­bique, An­gola, Botswana and hosts Zim­babwe, have con­firmed par­tic­i­pa­tion in the tour­na­ment that’s set to run from Oc­to­ber 20-29.

Sikhum­buzo Ndlovu, chair­man of the lo­cal or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee and BUZ tech­ni­cal man­ager, ap­pealed for as­sis­tance from the cor­po­rate world and is con­fi­dent Zim­babwe will stage a mem­o­rable tour­na­ment.

“Our work­ing bud­get is $57 000 and we have started en­gag­ing the cor­po­rate world to come on board and as­sist us hold a mem­o­rable com­pe­ti­tion. We are con­fi­dent that we will man­age to cover most of the things that some cor­po­rates have pledged to sup­port in kind. We are ap­peal­ing to the cor­po­rate world to come on board to part­ner us. We also in­tend to have some fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives, which we will pub­li­cise soon,” said Ndlovu.

He said his com­mit­tee will meet the Bu­l­awayo Pro­vin­cial Min­is­ter Ju­dith Ncube to­day to brief her on their state of pre­pared­ness.

“We have a meet­ing with the res­i­dent min­is­ter on Mon­day where we will out­line the host­ing doc­u­ment, brief her on the state of readi­ness and find out how her of­fice can help. Last week we met the Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil as well as the Min­is­ter of Youth, Sport, Arts and Re­cre­ation through the Sports and re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion (SRC) to brief them on how the prepa­ra­tions are go­ing,” said Ndlovu.

Mean­while, Ndlovu said they were still await­ing the con­ti­nen­tal board to of­fi­cially com­mu­ni­cate with BUZ on teams that have been regis­tered for the tour­na­ment.

Zam­bia, Malawi, Mozam­bique, An­gola, Botswana and hosts Zim­babwe man­aged to send their reg­is­tra­tion forms be­fore last Fri­day’s dead­line. BUZ were hop­ing for Eswa­tini, Le­sotho, South Africa and Namibia to reg­is­ter on dead­line day.

Re­gional bas­ket­ball pow­er­house An­gola are send­ing three teams, de­fend­ing men’s cham­pi­ons Premiera Au­gosto and women’s sides In­ter­clube and Pre­meira Au­gusto. In­ter­clube have won a record five re­gional ti­tles.

An­gola were also ex­pected to make a late reg­is­tra­tion for Li­bolo, who are set to com­pete in the men’s cham­pi­onships.

Malawi, who will be mak­ing a maiden ap­pear­ance at the re­gional club fi­nals, are send­ing two teams, Brave Hearts (women) and Cen­tral Knights, who will com­pete in the men’s cat­e­gory.

Three teams are com­ing from Mozam­bique, men’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives Fer­roviario de Ma­puto and Fer­roviario de Beira, while Fer­roviario de Mahuta will com­pete in the women’s cat­e­gory.

Four Zam­bian teams UNZA Honeys and Naster Breeze are set to bat­tle it out for the women’s hon­ours, while UNZA Pac­ers and Mat­era Magic will play in the men’s cat­e­gory.

Botswana are be­ing rep­re­sented by Po­lice Women and Po­lice Men.

Bu­l­awayo’s Lak­ers and Vix­ens from Harare were selected to rep­re­sent Zim­babwe in the women’s com­pe­ti­tions, with BUZ reg­is­ter­ing Foxes and City Hor­nets of Harare for the men’s cat­e­gories.

BUZ are also wait­ing for the con­ti­nen­tal body to give them the green light to field Merce­nar­ies from Mutare via the wild card. — @ZililoR

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