10/30/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/30/2019 05:51
MAHE (Seychelles) - Seychelles' Beau Vallon Heat are looking for adventure and experience in Madagascar, where they will compete in the Group F in view of the Basketball Africa League (BAL) Qualifiers this week in Antananarivo.
And even if this will be their maiden appearance on the African scene, stakes are high for the team from the archipelago.
Donned in their newly-found champions' suit, Beau Vallon Heat will take on the floor in Madagascar's capital without any complex. They punched their name in the tickets by overcoming arch-rivals Premium Cobras.
Last year, they featured in FIBA Africa Zone 7 Championships, where they missed the ticket for the 2019 Africa League Group Stage. This time, they plan on making it big time during their stay in Antananarivo.
'We are very happy to get involved and we are looking forward to erasing our very disappointing performance in the Zone 7 Championship last year', says Beau Vallon Heat's team manager Oliver Bastienne, speaking to FIBA.basketball.
For the upcoming ties, the islanders will count on a mix of young and experienced players with some international exposure. First of all, captain Timmy Adam will lead the squad on the floor. 'Our captain has had some experience in international games.'
Adams has displayed strong leadership skills while playing for his country during the Indian Ocean Island Games in Mauritius, back in July. He now has to inspire his team-mates against clubs from Madagascar, South Sudan and Kenya.
Things won't be easy for the visiting side, as they will have to face a huge Malagasy crowd, along with teams that regularly compete at this level. 'This will be our first appearance and we are fully aware that our opponents have more exposure. But we're out to win', claims Oliver Bastienne.
Counting on 'a lot of energy, enthusiasm and drive,' coupled to some Zone 7 and national team experience, Bastienne said that the Heats are out to shake things up. 'Having level-headed players and young guns alongside the same team is the perfect cocktail for us to basically create an impact on the scene.'
Preparing for the African showdown has taken a pivotal aspect as the players were nearing the peak. And things have toughened up with a strategically-designed turn.
'We will be ready for them. We'll head to Madagascar without any pressure and as Seychelles' proud flag bearers.'
Beau Vallon Heat have been drawn in Group F, alongside Cobra Sport Club (South Sudan), Kenya's Ports Authority and Gendarmerie Nationale BC from Madagascar.
The teams will start their quest for next round as from November, 30th, in Antananarivo.