Zimbabwe will feature in the latest round of qualification games for the 2019 FIBA Africa Championship for Women (AfroBasket) in the coming days with a big mission.
Zimbabwe takes on Angola in a herculean matchup knowing victory over two legs will secure the former a place in the upcoming continental competition.
This year’s Women’s AfroBasket is due to run from August 16 to August 25 in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo. The biannual tournament will serve as the first phase of qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games with the top six nations progressing to compete in the qualification tournament.
After missing the 2015 and 2017 editions, Zimbabawe Coach Mxolisi Ndlovu told FIBA, his side relishes the chance to compete against powerhouse Angola in front of home fans.
“It will take a lot of effort, courage and determination for us to get there (Madagascar). It is a challenge that we are looking forward to…It is a good opportunity for us to play in front of our home crowd” he said.
Angola has won the title twice; leading Zimbabwe’s charge is soon to be 18 year old Maria Mutengo.
Nigeria are defending champions.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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