Basketball battle of the suburbs

HARARE - Twelve teams are set to lock horns for honours in Hoops 4 Hopes Under-20 Inter-suburbs Basketball tournament set to roar into life at Harares Queen Elizabeth School, this Saturday.

Highfield Basketball Club, Mabvukus Platinum Ballers, Dzivarasekwa Raiderz, Mufakose Hustlers, GlenNorah Pistons and Mbare Heat will lock horns for honours in the womens category. All teams, save for Mbare Heat, will also feature in the mens showdown when they are joined by Glen Views Pioneer Blazers.

This will be the final of the showpiece after the preliminary rounds were staged at three different venues -Glen View, Highfield and Dzivaresekwa. Hoops 4 Hope Director, Ngoni Mukukula, believes separating social and professional basketball in developing talent in the youth was ideal for the country when taking part in international tournaments.

The idea of the tournament is to separate social and professional basketball. Social basketball is for us (adults) and we cannot have such young players competing. Ideally these players are young and talented, they have the future ahead of them and we want to give them as much competition as possible for them to get experience, said Mukukula.

We have hosted the Under-13, Under-16 and Under-18 in a tournament like this and we are trying to keep track of the players by hosting the Under-20 for the first time this year. The 12 teams will play in a round robin format that will give basketball fans 18 matches of entertaining action before the semi-finals for the deciding match.

Post published in: Zimbabwe Sports News

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