Shelly Guni, Sports Reporter
THE Zimbabwe Handball Federation secretary Edson Chirowodza said preparations to host the International Handball Federation zone 6 tournament are at an advanced stage.
Zimbabwe hosts teams from the Southern Africa region. The participating countries include Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Swaziland and Lesotho and will run from April 24 to 30.
The African Handball Confederation (CAHB) Director of Sport, Assemian Noel was in the country earlier this year to check on Zimbabwe’s state of preparedness to host the tournament.
He then made recommendations which Chiroodza believes can be met before the tournaments starts.
The recommendations states that: For the Aquatic Complex the federation was recommended to repair the patches on the playing surfaces, put at disposal a power generator, ensure the water supply, compulsorily provide catching nets behind the goals, and necessary paint all the visible facades of the complex.
And for the City Sports Centre, they were told that they should Install floor of the playing surface and make sure that there is water supply in the cloakrooms of the gymnasium.
“We are working so hard towards the recommendations,” he said.
Chirowodza however, said they held a meeting with the Sports and Recreation Commission.
“We have requested the SRC to help us with an inter-ministerial engagement whereby different ministries chip in in their capacity and help us to make sure that we meet te recommendations made.”
Meanwhile, the team is expected to start their periodical camp from March 19-22.
“The under 21s will be camping at Belvedere but they will be doing their training sessions at Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex.
“The under 18s will be at Jameson High in Kadoma.”
“The team also went for some friendlies in Mozambique where they played the local handball clubs in Mozambique. The coaches have highlighted that despite losing most of the games, the visit was necessary as they are now going to be working on all the mistakes they noted during the friendly matches.”