Bulawayo Provincial basketball team player Charmaine Chirinda says she is confident they will put up a strong challenge against other provinces when they participate in the Basketball Union of Zimbabwe Inter-Provincial Championships that begin in Mutare today.
Mutare Boys’ High and Raylton Sports Club in Mutare will host the championships which end tomorrow.
“We are looking forward to the tournament and we have good players in the team who can come back with gold medals,” she said.
Chirinda has been joined by Chantelle Kufa, Geraldine Chibonda and Tahana Dube from Giants.
Also making it into the team is Lakers duo of Nobukhosi Ndlovu and Orissa Ndlovu. Pretty Tinarwo, Jacqueline Penduka from Highlanders have also been drafted in.
The women’s team has experience in Chibonda and Ndlovu as they represented Zimbabwe in the All-Africa Games in Mozambique last year.
In the men’s section, top Highlanders player Michael Zvoushe, Stewart Woods and Tawanda Mudzudza have been selected. Zvoushe has been one of the most consistent players in the Highlanders team this season.
William Muchuchuti, Crayton Moyo, Brandon Gonyora and Honest Nguruve from Abundant Life Christian Centre, Emmanuel Mukandi and Jordan Davies have been brought in.
The two teams will be representing the seniors and they will be joined by Under-22 women’s team while the men’s B Team was expected to be named last night.
Harare, Mashonaland Central and Mashonaland East are some of the provinces that are expected to send teams to the championships. The players will vie for slots to represent the country in upcoming international events which include the Zone V1 qualifiers later this year.