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- Updated: October 27, 2015
Sasol racing driver Gugu Zulu and his teammates used their 30-points handicap advantage to the fullest, to run out 44-40 winners over the Sasol national senior men’s wheelchair basketball team in a challenge match in Johannesburg on Monday.
Apart from the 30-points handicap that the Sasol racing drivers started with, the Sasol Amawheelaboys spent the majority of the 20 minute match using their hips instead of their hands to make the wheelchair move forward, and were restricted with the hand with which to shoot.
Racing driver Zulu said afterwards: ‘It was an amazing experienced to play wheelchair basketball against the Sasol Amawheelaboys What is clear from this experience is that just like I need to be in sync with my navigator on the racing front, all five of the players on the court need to be in sync on the basketball court.’
Sasol Amawheelaboys captain Cecil Dumond said the wheelchair basketball team thoroughly enjoyed playing against the racing drivers. ‘It’s great to play against another Sasol-sponsored team in the form of the racing drivers. We look forward to when they reciprocate and we get a chance to do a few wheel spins on the rally circuit against them.’
Following the challenge match and the weekend’s Sasol Green vs Gold Series match won 74-38 by the Sasol Green Team, the Sasol Amawheelaboys will spend the week wrapping up their preparations for the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation’s African Qualifiers in Algiers, Algeria, from 31 October to 7 November.
Six men’s team (Algeria, Nigeria, Libya, Eqypt, Morocco and South Africa) will compete, while the women’s competition will be decided between Algeria, Nigeria, Morocco and South Africa.
The African champions of the respective tournaments will qualify to represent the continent at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.