Zim U20 hand­ball team starts preps for Reg 5 Games

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sports - El­lina Mh­langa Harare Bureau

THE na­tional Un­der-20 hand­ball teams have be­gun their prepa­ra­tions for the Re­gion Five Games to be staged in Jo­han­nes­burg, South Africa, next month.

The com­pe­ti­tion is set to run from Septem­ber 27 to Oc­to­ber 9 with coun­tries from the South­ern Africa re­gion ex­pected to take part.

Zim­babwe Hand­ball Fed­er­a­tion tech­ni­cal del­e­gate, Bernard Muzanemhamo, said prepa­ra­tions are un­der­way for the team to par­tic­i­pate in the tour­na­ment.

“We are send­ing both the boys and girls teams and prepa­ra­tions have started. We started our se­lec­tion pro­cess last year dur­ing the Nash tour­na­ments and Na­tional Youth Games.

“We had an­other se­lec­tion this year.

in Au­gust 2011, trail­ing lead­ers FC Plat­inum, who even had the cush­ion of a game in hand, by 12 points with just 11 games to play in the sea­son.

Even club chair­man, Kenny Mubaiwa, ap­peared to have given up af­ter a de­press­ing 1-1 draw against Mam­bas.

“It will need a mir­a­cle now to win the league be­cause we have lost a lot of matches,” Mubaiwa told the me­dia as he an­nounced Pa­suwa’s ap­point­ment.

“We have asked the new tech­ni­cal team to fin­ish the league in a good po­si­tion, at most, sec­ond or third po­si­tion on the log.”

Eleven games later, DeMbare were cham­pi­ons, the first of four straight league ti­tles they would win un­der Pa­suwa’s tute­lage.

In his first two sea­sons, Pa­suwa also won the League and Cup dou­ble with the Glam­our Boys.

But all that pales in com­par­i­son with what he has achieved with his coun­try and, on Sun­day, he could seal his im­mor­tal­ity — at the ten­der age of 46 — if his men avoid de­feat in Guinea. “The teams had a two-week train­ing camp early this month. The girls were at Harare’s Girls High School and the boys were in Kwekwe,” said Muza­nen­hamo. In their pre­vi­ous out­ing in 2014, Zim­babwe got bronze medals from both the boys and girls sec­tions. Muza­nen­hamo said they are hope­ful of an­other fruit­ful event when they bat­tle it out in South Africa. “We are hop­ing our teams will do bet­ter than what they did the last time we took part in this tour­na­ment when we didn’t have enough time to pre­pare. This time around we be­lieve the team has more time to pre­pare. “They will have an­other two weeks in camp be­fore their de­par­ture for South Africa,” said Muza­nen­hamo. The na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion is cur­rently op­er­at­ing with­out an ex­ec­u­tive fol­low­ing the sus­pen­sion of the pre­vi­ous lead­er­ship for two years by the Sports Com­mis­sion for fail­ing to com­ply with pro­vi­sions of the Com­mis­sion’s Act early this year. A n d Muza­nen­hamo said this has had some neg­a­tive ef­fects on their pro­grammes in­clud­ing the on­go­ing prepa­ra­tions.

Mean­while, Sports Com­mis­sion act­ing di­rec­tor­gen­eral, Joseph Muchechetere, said they have put on hold their plans to hold a stake­hold­ers meet­ing that was ex­pected to de­lib­er­ate on how the fed­er­a­tion’s elec­tions were go­ing to be held due to some tech­ni­cal is­sues that need to be ad­dressed.

“That’s the po­si­tion, we were sup­posed to have a stake­hold­ers meet­ing but in the pro­cess we re­alised that there are few tech­ni­cal is­sues which needed the board’s de­ci­sion.

“The board was not there for a bit of time, now they are back so the board is meet­ing soon. That’s where we are go­ing to present those is­sues and once they make a de­ci­sion we will move on.

“It’s a pro­ce­dural is­sue we need cleared. It’s un­for­tu­nate it has taken a bit of time. The first time they (ZHF) were sus­pended, im­me­di­ately the board’s term of of­fice ex­pired be­fore they were given three months.

“It ex­pired again and they were out of of­fice for two months be­fore their term was ex­tended to De­cem­ber. So once the res­o­lu­tion is made we will move for­ward,” said Muchechetere.

Cal­listo Pa­suwa pass­ing in­struc­tions to Wil­lard Kat­sande

Joseph Muchechetere

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