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- Defending champ Telfer well aware of junior threat
- McGuigan also equals course record at Zim Open
- Fisher fires course record 63 to lead by four in Harare
- Cele looking to do a job for Amajita at World Cup
- Simbine sets the pace with sub-10sec 100m victory
- Indigenous Games to be showcased at Arnold Classic Africa
- Olympian BMX ace Dodd in fine form at NAG series
- Banyana’s Mgcoyi picking up valuable skills in Germany
- Quick-starting Hugo holds one-shot lead in Harare
Sickness can’t stop Belen’s boys making semi-finals
- Updated: October 31, 2013
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.