Mugabe Junior gets a call to the national basketball team

Former President Robert Mugabe’s son, Robert Junior’s set tongues wagging after being called up in the national basketball team amid claims that he as not been involved in competitive action for a while now.

Robert Jnr, more known in the basketball circles as Tinotenda, was called up to the squad that will be participating in the All-Africa Basketball Championship regional qualifiers to be hosted by Zimbabwe between June 2 and 8.

National basketball team coach Addison Chiware claimed that Robert Jnr was actively involved in college basketball in South Africa, but admitted that he did not have the statistics to back his call-up.

Chiware said Robert Jnr’s call-up did not mean that he would get an automatic entry into the final squad.

“Nobody gets an automatic entry into the national team. We do a lot of work to make sure the player has the right fitness and mental ability. Robert Jnr (Mugabe) is currently at college and he is playing there. We do not have the statistics on how he is performing, but he is actively involved,” he said.

“Robert Jnr will come to Zimbabwe on May 27. We will access him to see what he has for us. He has to have good discipline, good mental ability, strength and participate in hard training,” Chiware said.

“No big names will have an automatic entry, this is sport and we should respect that. He needs to be sharp.”

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