Lilongwe-based basketball outfit Brave Hearts lost both their matches in an invitational indoor tournament in Zambia, but still returned with their heads held high following impressive performances.
Brave Hearts lost their first game 61-56 to Munali Sons on Saturday evening, before going down 67-42 to Rapid Bulls the following day in Lusaka, but still earned praises from their hosts who described them as an emerging force in the game.
Basketball Association of Zambia (BAZ) vice-president Konrad Musonda said in an interview through e-mail that Hearts showed great promise.
“For a team that is on the rise to perform the way they did against established teams here, shows that there is great potential in them and Malawi basketball revival is on course,” he said.
Brave Hearts chairperson Griffin Kalua said his team learnt a lot from their Zambian sojourn. They also took part in a B-Ball Kita Tournament in Tanzania early this year.
“The game is advanced and more organised in Zambia and the investment is massive. They have good infrastructure and they are serious about developing the game and we can learn more from them.
“We will use what we have learnt to improve our play so that we can win the local league and other tournaments this season,” he said.
Hearts’ trip was bankrolled by GY Imports and Exports, suppliers of furniture and ICT equipment and stationery, and its sister company DT Printing Services, who sponsor them as well as the Hearts’ ladies team. .
He also said GY Imports and Exports will sponsor a tournament called King and Queen of the Courts in July this year which will be the biggest on the domestic scene.