The last two slots of the Mo626 College Basketball elite eight will be filled today in Mzuzu where four teams from the Eastern and Northern zones, will be involved in play-offs.
The four teams that will battle it out at Katoto court are Chancellor College (Chanco) Hawks and DMI from the Eastern Zone and Mzuzu University (Mzuni) and University of Livingstonia (Unilia) from the North.
In the men’s category, Mzuni who came out tops in the Northern Zone qualifiers, date DMI while Chanco date Unilia.
The winners will face off in the finals, but they will both be guaranteed a place in the elite eight.
Mzuni captain Ntchindi Munthali reckons playing at home, gives them an advantage.
“It will be tough because we hardly have a clue on how Chanco and DMI play, but we are ready for them.
“We have used the [Katoto] court for some time now and I believe that gives us a bit of edge,” he said.
His Chanco counterpart Chikondi Sato said: “We are very ready, our aim is to finish top so that we have the necessary hype going into the last eight.”
In the ladies’ category, Unilia date Chanco while Zima will face Mzuni.
The winners will clash in the finals although the finalists will be guaranteed qualification into the elite eight.
Six teams—reigning champions Malawi College of Accountancy (MCA)-Lilongwe Campus, Malawi Assemblies of God University (Magu) and Bunda College from the Centre, Poly Wildcats, Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) and MCA-Blantyre Campus—are already through into the last eight in men’s category.
In the ladies category, the six teams that have already booked their places in the elite eight are Poly, Catholic University (CU) and Must from the South while African Bible College (ABC), Magu and Bunda sailed through from the Centre..
The Mo626Ice College Basketball is sponsored by National Bank of Malawi (NBM) plc to the tune of K62 million and the winners in each category will cart home K2 million and gold medals with the runners-up pocketing K1 million and silver while the third-placed teams will receive K500 000 and bronze medals.