Rolling Sport - Team Sasol reaches the finals
Team Sasol reaches the finals in the African Qualifier Tournament
Team Sasol South Africa’s Wheelchair Basketball entourage will return from Angola an inspired and renewed squad. They reached the finals despite the strength of the opposing teams (Egypt, Algeria and Morocco). The South African team faced Egypt twice and beat them on both occasions.
Unfortunately, some of the team members fell ill and did not perform well.
In the finals of the Championship, South Africa had to face Algeria, the only team to beat them. In the final quarter of the game the wheels came off for the South Africans and they lost, 56 – 66.
Coach Frank said: “I am very proud of the South African team. We did not expect to get into the final, but we did."
We did not qualify for the World Championships next year but preparations start tomorrow for the 2015 World Championships.”
Maureen Orchard, President of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation, said that South Africa is a young team and in a few years they will be the team to beat.
South Africans, Gift Moeketsi and Luvuyo Mbande, received the Most Valued Player Award in two categories.
“In 2015, we will definitely be a force to be reckoned with. No one thought we would get this far and we did. Despite not winning the title, we achieved what we set out to do, and that was to make South Africa proud. I am also proud of myself for being recognized at the highest level in wheelchair basketball,” said Moeketsi.
World Rugby Championship comes to SA
South Africa Wheelchair Rugby is set to host the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation 2013 Asia-Oceania Championship in Pretoria, South Africa from November 16-23. The tournament is a qualifier for the IWRF 2014 World Championship to be held in Odense, Denmark next August.
The tournament will be held at the L.C. de Villiers Stadium at the University of Pretoria, and will feature national teams from Australia, Japan, New Zealand and host country, South Africa.
Entrance is free and Team South Africa welcomes all to come and support them in their quest to achieve their ultimate goal of qualifying for the World Championships and Paralympic Games.