Zimbabwe: Jnr Handball Teams Prepare for Zone V1

Under-18 men’s handball team coach Alan Mandeya says they are getting down to business now in preparation for the International Handball Trophy Zone Six tournament due to take place next year.

Zimbabwe were confirmed as hosts for the competition expected to take place from April 25 to 30.

The Under-18 and Under-20 handball coaches led trials for team selection over the weekend in Bulawayo and Harare.

Mandeya led the selection for both Under-18 and Under-20 teams at Girls High School in Harare while Under-20 coach Cephas Mushati was in charge of the proceedings at Northlea High School in Bulawayo.

Although there was a positive response in Harare with interested players also coming from Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland West and Mashonaland East, the numbers were low in Bulawayo.

Despite the low turnout in Bulawayo, Mandeya believes they can start building the teams from the selected players that have shown potential.

“We need more players but looking at it, we have to work hard with the players that we have.

“If we are to be fair, it’s actually difficult to have quite a number of players that are good because it’s almost two years of inactivity . . . Also realising handball does not have a club system for juniors, so I am impressed with the level I saw. We can build a team from that,” said Mandeya.

The idea is for the selected squads to have periodic camps building up to the regional tournament scheduled for April 25 to 30.