WHEELCHAIR Basketball Zimbabwe has intensified preparations for the World Cup qualifiers set for Angola next month.
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The qualifiers will run from October 24 to November 3 in Angola.
The qualifiers will feature some of Africa’s best nations such as South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, Zimbabwe and the hosts Angola.
Speaking to Standardsport on Tuesday this week, Wheelchair Basketball Zimbabwe secretary general Michael Twaya said preparations for the qualifiers were going on well but that progress was limited by monetary constraints.
“We have been working with a limited budget and as I speak, the team is not yet in camp. We have a situation whereby players are training on weekends in Bulawayo, while others train on the same days at Danhiko here in Harare. We do not have the money to put them into camp so soon,” Twaya said.
Twaya added that as the association, they have lined up a basketball tournament which will be held early October at Danhiko to present the technical team a chance to do their final selection, as all provinces will be represented.
“We have lined up a basketball tournament sometime in October at Danhiko which we are going to use to select the 12-member squad, which will then go into camp and start preparing for Angola.”
From the eight countries that would take part in the Angola qualifiers, the top three will represent Africa in the 2014 World Cup set for South Korea.
“Top three nations from the qualifiers will go to South Korea for the World Cup. Zimbabwe has been doing well in terms of ranking, as we are number three in Africa behind leaders South Africa and second placed Nigeria,” Twaya said.
Twaya added that with enough resources Zimbabwe has the capability of snatching the number one spot from South Africa.