Southern Zone Basketball League (Sozobal) hosts wheelchair basketball clinic tomorrow at Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC).
Sozobal spokesperson Geoffrey Banda said with funding from United General Insurance (UGI) Limited, the clinic aims at helping wheelchair basketball players to refine their skills.
“The clinic, which will be facilitated by qualified basketball instructors, will also help physically challenged individuals to prepare well for the upcoming wheelchair basketball league, which will run from October 14 to December 2,” he said.
The league is expected to comprise four wheelchair basketball teams, namely, Black spiders, Zigzaggers, Wheel Warriors and Roaring Thunders.
Black Spiders captain Thoko Goodson and his Wheel Warriors counterpart Chikumbutso Billy described the clinic as something that would help to uplift the standard of the game in country.
“Wheelchair basketball is a new phenomenon in the country as it is different from normal basketball. Therefore, we need to have more knowledge about its rules before we get into serious business with the sport and the clinic has been organised at the right time,” Goodson said.
In a related development, the Malawi Paralympics Committee (MPC) president James Chiutsi has hailed physically challenged individuals for turning out in their large numbers to participate in various disability sporting activities across the country as they commemorate the ‘Sport for people with disability week.’
The commemoration officially began with a wheelchair basketball match that saw Black Spider narrowly beating Wheel Warriors 9-8 at the Polytechnic basketball court in Blantyre last Saturday. n