Basketball Union of Zimbabwe president Addison Chiware believes their week-long training camp in Germany was crucial in conditioning the team for their maiden appearance at the AfroBasket Championships which begin in Tunisa on Wednesday.
BY MICHAEL MADYIRA
Zimbabwe are in Group D and start their campaign against Algeria on Thursday before meeting Ivory Coast on Saturday and conclude their group games two days later against Cape Verde.
Impressive in Zimbabwe’s preparations for this tournament was the setting up of a base camp in Hamburg where the team was exposed to state-of-the-art training facilities and assistance from German coaches.
“We have had access to high quality facilities and this simulates what we expect at the AfroBasket. The technical team has been refining its strategies in quality conditions. The camp plays a pivotal role for the team as it provides for conditions that we expect in Tunisia, hence the team will have a soft landing,” said Chiware.
“Technically, the coaches have been making necessary adjustments by taking advantage of high- quality equipment and facilities. All this enables the coaches to finalise our AfroBasket plan. We have stuck a good relationship with Hamburg Basketball Association that will hopefully help future national teams, players, coaches and administrators.”
Ellery Pinkerton’s side is expected to leave Germany for Tunisia today.
The winner of the tournament automatically qualifies for next year’s Olympic Games.
Italy-based Vitalis Chikoko is expected lead the team which also includes President Robert Mugabe’s son, Robert Jnr and USA-based Wilson Juma.