UNAM Wolves leave for eSwatini

19 Jun 2019 08:00am
WINDHOEK, 19 JUN (NAMPA) – The University of Namibia (UNAM)’s Wolves basketball team departed from Windhoek on Tuesday to partake in the weeklong eSwatini Invitational International Basketball Tournament (EIIBT).
The games are expected to run from Friday until Sunday.
Team captain Allan Nghixulifwa said they were grateful for the university’s support by availing transport to the team, while the players themselves will cover their own accommodation, meals and participation fees.
“With the current economic situation in the country, any kind of help in sports is massive as it helps Namibian athletes to test themselves against the best. This tournament will give UNAM Wolves the much needed platform to test themselves against the best in the region,” he explained.
He said they will go to the tournament with the hope of winning it as much as learning since it will be held under International Basketball Federation standards.
A total of 34 teams have confirmed their participation in this year’s tournament, with 10 of those being female clubs.
The ladies will have two groups of five teams each while the men will have four groups of six teams each.
The tournament is aimed at bringing Southern African Development Community countries together and play basketball while exposing these teams to international competition standards.
This is the first time that a team from Namibia will participate in the tournament which features clubs from the host country eSwatini, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana and South Africa.