Sasol Amawheelaboys complete series clean sweep win over New Zealand

Saturday, 5 September 2015

The Sasol South African Senior Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team outplayed the New Zealand Roller Blacks 66-37 at the Mandeville Sports Centre in Bezuidenhout Valley, Johannesburg today, to complete a one hundred percent winning performance in the five-Test Sasol All Star Series.

Playing in front of a large crowd, the Sasol Amawheelaboys were put to the test by the New Zealanders in the first quarter, before the South Africans gained the upper hand to lead 17-13.

By the halfway stage, the Sasol Amawheelaboys had built on their lead to post 50-31 on the scoreboard  before being 50-31 ahead at three quarter time.

Experienced Gift Mooketsi, who had been a thorn in the flesh of the New Zealanders throughout the series, again proved to be a handful for the visitors, and was a popular choice in claiming the Man of the Series Award.

Speaking after the match, the Sasol Amawheelaboys coach Franck Belen said that while the national team had recorded five convincing wins over the New Zealanders, a lot of work still needs to be done before the South Africans take on the continent’s best at the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation’s African Qualifiers in Algiers from 31 October to 7 November.

The African nation that wins the tournament in Algeria, will represent the continent at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

At halftime of the match, Sasol further spiced up the occasion by actioning a lucky draw with Ms Zandile Ntsiye winning R5000, before Ms Anastasia Edwards was drawn as the winner of the Sasol ‘Win a Week Long Trip to New Zealand’ prize.

Sasol Group Sponsorship Manager Richard Hughes said: “The Sasol All Star Series has enhanced its status as a popular event on the South African sports calendar, and I would like to wish the New Zealanders a safe journey home, and the South African team, all the best for their qualifying campaign in Algeria.”

Sasol Amawheelaboys Team: Steven Walgenbach, Rakgetsing Molete; Lisolomzi Mazantsana, Gift Mooketsi, Kyle Louw, Simanga Mbhele, Richard Nortje, Luvuyo Mbanda, Cecil Dumond,, Jack Mokgosi, Tucker Beckett, Siphamangla Gumbi

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