BULAWAYO is set to host the Basketball Union of Zimbabwe (Buz) National Championships in May
Clubs are expected to fight for bragging rights in the competition which offers winners the chance to represent the country in the Basketball Africa League (BAL)
The BAL is Africa’s premier men’s basketball league; it consists of 12 teams, each qualified through its national competition. The league is a joint effort between the National Basketball Association (NBA) and International Basketball (FIBA) with sponsorship from Nike and Pepsi.
Its inaugural season started with the qualifying rounds in October 2019 and the regular season in May 2021. The competition replaced FIBA Africa Basketball League as the continent’s premier league.
“We are at a stage where the provincial leagues are concluding their league programs paving the way for the national championships.
“We will have National Championships qualifiers first before the finals in Bulawayo. The Southern Region teams will converge in Gweru while the Northern teams will play in Harare. Gweru will have teams from Matabeleland South, Midlands, Masvingo and Bulawayo with Harare incorporating teams from the capital, Mutare and Mashonaland East.
The Southern region has three spots with another allocated to them as hosts while the Northern teams will compete for four spots,” said Buz Chairman Joe Mujuru.
“It’s been a while since we’ve had a national championships and we expect this edition to be exciting and we hope to have the best talent in the country taking part in the competition,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Mavericks men’s team closes in on the Bulawayo Basketball Association (BBA) title with three rounds of action to go. They have 24 points in 12 games. The Giants sit in second place having racked up 22 points from the same number of games.
The Mavericks also lead the women’s division with 22 points in 11 games with the Lakers a point behind. – @innocentskizoe