Haz ap­peal for fi­nan­cial aid for Un­der-21 World cup

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

THE Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion of Zim­babwe (Haz) has ap­pealed to the gov­ern­ment for fi­nan­cial aid ahead of the Un­der-21 World Hockey Cup which the coun­try will be tak­ing part in later in the year.

The fi­nals roar into life from Novem­ber 24 to De­cem­ber 4.

With just over three months be­fore the World Cup fi­nals be­gin in San­ti­ago, Chile, the as­so­ci­a­tion has lined up a num­ber of fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that will also in­clude a golf tour­na­ment set for Royal Harare Golf Club on Septem­ber 23 where they hope to raise at least $20,000, ac­cord­ing to Haz pres­i­dent Humphrey Chig­wedere.

“The fundrais­ing team has stepped up ef­forts to raise the re­quired re­sources. So far a de­posit to­wards ac­com­mo­da­tion for the team has been paid to a ho­tel in Chile. Some fundrais­ing events have been lined up; these in­clude a golf day which will be held on Fri­day 23 Septem­ber 2016 at Royal Harare Golf course. We are hop­ing that golfers will sup­port this event where we are tar­get­ing to raise a sub­stan­tial amount, that is, about $20, 000. We are also call­ing for prizes for the golf day. An­other fundrais­ing ef­fort will be a Gala Evening where var­i­ous spon­sors will be drawn out to de­ter­mine the gold spon­sors for the team. Var­i­ous raf­fles and auc­tions will be con­sid­ered as well, with one raf­fle hav­ing been held at the re­cent Schools Golden and Sil­ver Girls Hockey tour­na­ment,” said Chig­wedere.

The hockey supremo said their prepa­ra­tions for the fi­nals were well un­der­way with all the for­eign based play­ers back in their bases where their prepa­ra­tions will be closely mon­i­tored by the tech­ni­cal staff through video footages.

“All of the for­eign based play­ers have gone back to their col­lege bases and they have been given a train­ing regime which they are to fol­low re­li­giously. The coaches will be mon­i­tor­ing them closely us­ing the video footages of their matches among other means.

The lo­cal based ladies will con­tinue to at­tend train­ing ses­sions as well as play in the cur­rent pro­vin­cial league,” said Chig­wedere.

The team had a rough qual­i­fi­ca­tion sched­ule where par­ents had to fork out their own per­sonal re­sources for the girls to be able to at­tend the qual­i­fiers which were held in Namibia in March. Zim­babwe Un­der-21 hockey squad

Lau­ren Dent (Eng­land), Jor­dyn Clip­stone (USA), An­droniki Hiripis (Chelsea Drifters) Stephanie Campbell (SA), Michelle Kabaira (Li­ons), Si­mone Marchussen (Peter­house), Ch­eryl Dza­pasi (Chisip­ite), Aimee Na­tivel (SA), Kelly Diplock (Gate­way), Jes­sica Dol­lar (SA), Stephanie Mauc­haza (Scor­pi­ons), Erin Gray (Car­guards), Ti­nayeishe Eli­jah (Li­ons), Tyler Groen­wald (SA), Me­gan Shax­son (Peter­house), Am­ber Hinze (Peter­house), Kaleigh Gra­ham (SA), Tyler Silk (SA), Carla Van Oudt­shoorn (SA), Estelle Stam­bolie (Eng), Sinead Cock­roft (Aus), Chelsea Dol­lar (SA), Ken­dal Re­volta (Chelsea Drifters), Si­mone Herbst ( Chisip­ite), Gugulethu Ndlovu (BAC), Joana Munengwa (Ris­ing Stars), So­phie Mc­Don­ald (SA), Shan­non Hart (USA), Chiedza Chit­seyo (UZ), Fariyah Shah (USA), Mu­faro Mazam­bani (Chisip­ite), Amy Brooke (Chelsea Drifters). Head Coache: Tr­ish Davies As­sis­tant coach: Ten­day i Maredza

Zifa tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Tau­rai Mang­wiro

Humphrey Chig­wedere

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