THE Zambia Basketball Federation (ZBF) is scouting for K600, 000 to send a senior men’s national team to the World Indigenous Basketball Challenge tournament in Vancouver, Canada.
ZBF general secretary Kaona Mwembe said the organizers had paid in full for the team’s accommodation and meals, therefore Zambia has to cater for air tickets costing K600, 000.
Mwembe said the Canada tournament will be the first ever world event the men’s senior national team will be competing in.
He said the federation has approached Government and corporate entities to assist in raising the needed funds.
“We have made approaches to the Ministry of Sport through the National Sports Council of Zambia and we have submitted proposals to various corporate bodies,
“The organizers have sealed off the meal and accommodation cost but need to raise this K600, 000 for air tickets. We are appealing to individuals and organisation to come on board to ensure the team travels to Canada,” he said.
He said the tournament will be a good preparation for the team that is expected to begin Afro-basketball championship qualifying series after August.
“This tournament will be a good preparatory for the Afro-basket championship qualifying series which commence after August. It will also be an opportunity for sports education scholarships for our player and would open great doors for the future. We cannot afford to miss,” he said.
Mwembe said the foregn based players Arthur Zulu, Patson Siame, Given Kalipinde and Chansa Mufwaume have confirmed availability for the tournament.
Other African countries scheduled to compete in the tournament include South Sudan men’s senior national team and a Zimbabwean club side.