Zimbabwe qualify for FIBA Africa U18 Championship

Playing as hosts of the FIBA Africa Zone 6 qualifiers, Zimbabwe secured a place in next month’s2016 FIBA Africa U18 Championship thanks to wins over Mozambique and Botswana last week in Harare.

Playing in the Zimbabwean capital city, Zimbabwe were too good for their opponents winning all four of their games.

During the week-long tournament, Zimbabwe opened the qualifier campaign with a comprehensive 101-37 over Botswana and two days later, they edged out Mozambique 51-44.

In the Second-Round of the qualifier, Zimbabwe remained as strong, beating Mozambique 67-43 and repeated their success over Botswana with yet another blowout win, 104-49.

Although Mozambique finished second (2-2), they fell short of qualifying. Their two wins came against Botswana, whom they beat 128-38 and 117-44 triumph.

With the success, Zimbabwe join Egypt, Mali, Angola, Tunisia and Rwanda in the U18 Championship.

Six more teams are due to qualify over the next few weeks to complete the field of the 12-team tournament taking place from 22-31 July in Kigali, Rwanda.

In FIBA Africa’s Zone 1, hosts Algeria will face Morocco and Libya – from 27 June to 2 July – for the only place for the Kigali showdown.

In Cotonou, Benin, four nations – including the hosts, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Burkina Faso – will be battling it out from 2-9 July for one place in the Finals. The winner of the qualifier will represent FIBA Africa Zone 3 in Rwanda.

In the meantime, Uganda will play as hosts of FIBA Africa Zone 5 qualifiers from 27 June to 3 July, where they will go up against Kenya for a place in Kigali.

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