By Larry Trusida Sport Editor
THE Basketball Union of Zimbabwe has appointed substantive coaches for all national teams from juniors up to senior level.
The Basketball Union of Zimbabwe has rewarded the best performing coaches on the local scene with Kelvin Ben being named as the senior men national team coach while Pondai Chitauro takes up a similar post in the women’s side.
Kelvin Ben has been the best performing local coach in the past few years after leading Foxes to Harare Basketball Association league honours and the national championship.
Chitauro on the other hand has been behind Harare City Hornets ladies team’s dominance on the local and reginal scene.
The two coaches have already agreed to work together and create a Zimbabwe brand of basketball.
“I am going to create a playing style suitable for us and we have already talked to Chitauro and we want a style for Zimbabwe and we are talking to the union to also talk to the clubs to dedicate at least a day to implement the style so that it’s not about individual players but about the team and anyone called in will be ready to represent the country,” said Kelvin Ben, Basketball Coach.
The target is to qualify for AfroBasket which brings together, the best of the best on the continent.
“We have given them various targets but of note is AfroBasket qualification, we are also happy to announce that for the first time we have appointed an all female technical team with Pretty Tinarwo leading the u16 assisted by two other ladies,” said Charmaine Chamboko the Basketball Union of Zimbabwe Secretary General
All the coaches have been given two year contracts and will be responsible for choosing their assistants.
Meanwhile Tawanda Chitsinde has been appointed as the U23 men’s national team coach, with Sam Mutsvangwa taking charge of the ladies side.
Tawanda Nemutambwe and Clement Kufeketa will lead the u18s.