Defending champions of the men’s category in the K62 million National Bank of Malawi Mo626 Ice College Basketball tournament, MCA Lilongwe, are cautious ahead of their semi-final match against Malawi Assemblies of God University (Magu) at Chancellor College (Chanco) in Zomba Friday, April 5.
The two teams will headline action in the last two days of the competition which started in November 2018.
MCA captain, Hydin Mafuta, said they suffered setbacks in their preparations because of examinations.
“We trained well throughout the week but the absence of several players because of examinations affected us,” Mufuta said.
He added: “However, we will fight to successfully defend our title. We know what playing against a good side like Magu means.”
Magu Sports Officer, Edwin Msiska said the match against MCA is their biggest obstacle to lifting the cup.
Magu were the first team to beat MCA during the zonal qualifiers late last year, courtesy of a 51-48 score line, but the champions hit back with a 71-54 triumph in the second match played some two months ago.
In the other semi-final match of the men’s category, Polytechnic line up against Chanco in an all-University of Malawi thriller.
The ladies’ category semi-finals will involve Magu and Bunda in the first match, before Zomba Institute of Management and Accountancy and Polytechnic lock horns in the second. Basketball Association of Malawi vice General Secretary, Banthari Banda, said there will be an open air disco after the four semifinal matches