Kubheka aims for Tokyo

Kwazi Kubheka.
Kwazi Kubheka.

Johannesburg - Gauteng Under-23 wheelchair basketball player Kwazi Kubheka has his sights set on playing for the senior national team.

Kubheka told City Press a few days ago that he was happy with his performance, but wanted to achieve more.

Senior team

“My goal is to play for the senior national men’s team,” he said.

“I would like to go to the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo,” the Benoni-born star said.

“I just hope my performance [at the Vodacom wheelchair basketball challenge] was good enough to earn me selection to the senior team".

Kubheka was part of the Sasol Amawheelies team that went to Canada in June to represent South Africa in the men’s Under-23 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship.

The forward started playing basketball in 2008, when he was in Grade 5, for the Hope School.

The wheelchair basketball challenge finals were hosted at the Vodacom Mandeville Indoor Stadium in Johannesburg last week.

Information systems

The-20-year-old was named man of the match as he guided his team to the R50 000 first-place cheque, beating KwaZulu-Natal 32-24.

“We played very well and deserved to win. We only had to close down two players they depended on".

In the other two games, the North West men’s side beat Gauteng North 48-44 for the R100 000 prize money. The women’s final saw the North West Bees beat KwaZulu-Natal Warriors 29-14 to win R50 000.

When he’s not playing basketball, Kubheka is an information systems student at the University of Johannesburg.

He said his uncle, Chris Nkosi, has been supportive throughout his career.

He has represented Gauteng in the Under-18 and Under-20 teams and was recently promoted to the Under-23 national team.

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