'New era for Zim basketball'

HARARE - Newly re-elected Basketball Union of Zimbabwe president Addison Chiware says national teams’ failure to travel to assignments will be a thing of the past.

Chiware was elected at the Buz congress held last week together with a new board expected to take Zimbabwe’s basketball forward for the next four years.

The board comprises of Shinga Magede, Charmaine Chamboko and Forbes Shuva.

Former Bulawayo secretary general Skhumbuzo Ndlovu assumes the post of technical president and Joe Mujuru completes the committee as the secretary-general.

“I think us not being able to attend tournaments will be a thing of the past given the new dispensation of a stand-alone ministry of sports,” Chiware said.

“Minister Andrew Langa has also promised us that we will have the full backing of the government. But we are also going into partnerships with multinational companies, a move which will see us ease some of our financial burdens.”

“This year our men’s and women’s basketball team have a high chance of qualifying for the 2015 All Africa Games as well as the Afro Basketball Championships.

“We can promise that the national teams that are the flagship brands of Zimbabwe basketball are going to get more attention in terms of technical support and high performance opportunities.”

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