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Coach Belen fine-tunes team for Africa qualifiers
- Updated: July 31, 2015
Sasol South African senior men’s wheelchair basketball team head coach Franck Belen is up against a 31 August deadline to finalise his national team for the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation Africa qualifiers in October.
With this in mind, the players in the Sasol Amawheelaboys and the Supersport All Stars teams, have the perfect platform to impress the coach when they meet in the annual encounter at the Mandeville Sports Complex, Bezuidenhout Valley, Johannesburg on Sunday (1pm start).
The Sasol Amawheelaboys team that will be in action, shows seven changes from the national side that finished second to Algeria in the last IWBF African Qualifiers held in Angola in October 2013.
Young Tucker Beckett will get a chance to pull on the Sasol Amawheelaboys playing top for the first time, while other players set for on court action on Sunday and who were not in Angola, are former national Under-23 team players Lisolomzi Mazantantsana and Steven Walgenbach, as well as Simanga Mbhele, Richard Nortje and Jack Mokgosi.
Wheelchair Basketball SA CEO Charles Saunders says they are looking forward to the fixture between the Sasol Amawheelaboys and Supersport All Stars.
‘The encounter will give the coach an opportunity to assess the talent we have as we prepare IWBF African Qualifiers in Algiers, Algeria in August. This is also a great opportunity for us to prepare for the 2016 Rio Paralympics,’ he says.
Sasol Group Sponsorship Manager Richard Hughes says the company continues to stand firm behind the Sasol Amawheelaboys as the team prepares for the Paralympics. This is the eighth year that Sasol is sponsoring the national men’s basketball team, and the company is proud of the contribution it has made.
‘Wheelchair Basketball SA need to be commended for sticking with a youthful approach in their quest to develop the sport in South Africa,” says Hughes. “It is pleasing to see several new faces coming through the ranks and being given the opportunity to play at a higher level.’
Doors at the Mandeville Sports Complex for the Sasol Amawheelaboys versus Supersport All Stars fixture will open at 12h30 on Sunday, 2 August 2015. The first 50 people to enter the venue will each receive complimentary Sasol T-shirts.