250 players will compete in their teams to qualify for the global championship finals in Germany.
Algeria is the current African title holder in both the men and women’s team.
Wheelchair Basketball South Africa’s Gerry Smith says hopes are high for team SA, the Sasol Wheelaboys and Wheelagirls.
“We are going to have very stiff competition from the likes of Algeria who won and represented Africa in the Rio Olympics as well as Morocco and even Egypt. The expectation for us is to regain the top spot on the continent so we are going to do our best to knock Algeria off that post. The women’s team stand a very good chance.
“The tournament in that category has four nations – South Africa, Algeria, Zimbabwe and Kenya. Its going to be a battle between South African and Algeria for the final, I would imagine. We were fortunate that this year, we had a women’s league so that has helped the federation in identifying players. They’ve also been hard at work. We are quite optimistic that they will also go all the way,” he says.
Smith says supporters are welcome to attend.