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Sickness can’t stop Belen’s boys making semi-finals

Despite being laid low by sickness, our wheelchair basketballers will face Egypt in the semi-finals of the IWBF World Championships qualifying tournament in Luanda, Angola, writes Mark Etheridge.

Coach Franck Belen and a number of coaching staff and players were hit with a stomach virus before their final pool game against Algeria. As a result the team were well below par and their north African opponents cruised to an easy 56-27 victory.

Thankfully, the team had already met their objective of reaching the semis and there was little in their game plan for opponents Egypt to read into ahead of the game.

Player Gift Mooketsi and coach Belen were worst effected by the bug with Belen being particularly badly affected and having to be admitted to hospital.

Meanwhile Nigeria were overwhelmed by Egypt 74-35 which set up Egypt to play South Africa in the semi-finals. Nigeria were relegated to the fifth/sixth place play-off.

And Morocco finally shook off a sad run of four losses to beat the host national Angola 61-39 after a tough battle.

Thankfully for the weary South Africans, Thursday is a rest day with teams scheduled to visit various tourist sites around the city before being hosted for lunch with the local ministry. Semi-finals are scheduled to be played on Friday.