Cape Town - South Africa’s national under-23 wheelchair basketball team will participate in the Fazza International Wheelchair Basketball Tournament staged in Dubai from Thursday to May, 19.
The tournament will serve as a preparation for AmaWheelaBoys, as they are affectionately known, who are headed for World Championships in Toronto, Canada, in June this year.
They are the current Under-23 African Champions, having won the competition last year, which guaranteed them a spot in the World Championships.
Wheelchair Basketball SA CEO, Charles Saunders, said their efforts in improving wheelchair basketball seem to be showing signs of fruition.
“It has been a great pleasure and honour for us at WBSA to be part of this journey towards taking wheelchair basketball to the next level in South Africa. We are specifically proud to have been able to attract global championships and tournaments; this achievement is a sign of the hard work and dedication that the team has invested in making sure that they compete with the best in the world. Our Under-23 national team are in good shape and healthy and promising to be tough competition. We as WBSA along with our partner Sasol are looking forward to reaching more success in years to come,” said Saunders.
The team, under the mentorship of coach Allen Mtatase is as follows:
Bofelo Ramonne, Mava Mlomo, Siyanda Dube, Warren Tefu, Zakhele Shelembe, Musawenkosi Dlamini, Simangaye Shabalala, Ayabonga Jim, Ronald Nkomo, Kwazi Khubeka, Elverno Rossouw and Steven Walgenbach