Zim-Zambia giants to clash in Independence cup

By Anesu Angeline Madziro

As Zambia is set to celebrate its Independence accompanied by a sports tournament to be held from 27 October to 1 November in Lusaka this year, it’s government through the responsible ministry of sports has extended the invitation to local wheelchair basketball champions Wolves Wheelchair Basketball Club which is going to face Zambia wheelchair basketball giants Disacure Basketball Club for the second time after a friendly match held in November 2019 that saw Wolves men’s team winning and the women’s side came out second.

Club acting head coach Job Kumunda who is also the head coach of Zimbabwe Wheelchair Basketball National team said he is optimistic and hopeful that the several time Danhiko Games formerly Chibuku Annual Paralympic Games will win the international tournament in Zambia.

“We will be representing not only our club or disability sport but as well Zimbabwe at large and we hope to lift the cup despite the fact that our Disacure would be having a home advantage, that will not stop us from winning against them again just like in 2019.

He added that “when we last played in Zambia our men’s team came first and was the best team while our ladies were second with best points.”

Kumunda said the international match shall help Wolves to prepare for other local and international matches which he is hoping would be resumed after the government has relaxed most of covid-19 restrictions.

“We have started training since 2019 first lockdown, the match will help us to prepare for the future tournaments locally and regionally, ” he added.

Speaking to NTU News Zimbabwe during the same interview, Wolves director of operations Daisy Midzi said it is actually an honour to be invited to participate in the Zambia Independence Day celebration cup tournament scheduled for next month but the challenge is with financial support of US$4 265 required to service wheelchairs, cover transport, food and allowances for the team and there is nothing in club bank account due to covid-19 effects.

“We do not have anything even in our account since we have not been doing anything because of covid19, so we are looking for transport, food and refreshments during the trip as well as at the tournament.

“Also our basketball wheelchairs last serviced in May 2020 when we last played our games,” she explained.

Wolves Wheelchair Basketball Club is appealing for financial support from the government, corporate world and well-wishers as the invitation came during the time when the club just like any others including of soccer among other side disciplines are facing difficult times caused by the global pandemic effects.

“We are appealing for support from the government, private companies and individuals to support us on this trip,” added Midzi.

Wolves Wheelchair Basketball Club as one of the champions in the sport along with Danhiko, Richwood and Qhubeka Wheelchair Basketball Club of Bulawayo, has been invited by different teams across the continent to represent Zimbabwe at club level but could not attend due to financial challenges.

Wolves has also produced wheelchair basketball stars who are currently in South Africa basketball league and other tournaments including Daniel Nyuke, Freddy Ganyau and Remson Manjiva, who have been making names for themselves and for the country as well through winning trophies and medals with their clubs.

Share iNdaba Zabantu

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Translate »