29 April 2006

ZAMBIA: Zim School Basketball Team in for Games

A girls' school basketball team from Zimbabwe is in the country to play against the Zambian Under-20 select team and teams from various schools.

The Dominican Convent team captained by a Zambian, Mutauka Yeta, has already played and comprehensively beaten Munali Girls' Secondary and Roma Girls.

Yeta is the daughter of Zambia's defence advisor at the Zambian Embassy in Harare. Yeta said women's basketball in Zambia was still in its developmental stage while in Zimbabwe competition was high as girls started playing the game at a tender age.

Dominican Convent beat Munali 49-15 in the first game and then battered Roma 62-07 in the second game.

Yeta's mother, who is accompanying the team, urged other parents to show support for their children as a way of keeping them away from vices that could hinder their progress.Team coach Gladys Phiri said the idea of undertaking the trip to Lusaka was to assess the readiness of her team as it prepared for the league that opens next match.

"We also want to tap and develop talent among the girls and also to expose them to different styles of the game in the region," Phiri said. Zambia Basketball Association (ZBA) general secretary Mwembe Kaona said Dominican would play the Under-20 select team to wrap up its tour of Lusaka.

By press time, the Zimbabwe team was playing its final match against the Zambia Under-20 select side.

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