Haz on Un­der-21 Jnr W/Cup preps

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HOCKEY As­so­ci­a­tion of Zimbabwe (Haz) pres­i­dent Grant Camp­bell says they are re­lieved after se­cur­ing funds for the Un­der-21 women to com­pete at the Ju­nior World Cup in San­ti­ago, Chile start­ing next week.

The team got into camp last Fri­day with most of the for­eign-based play­ers com­ing in and have been work­ing out Arun­del School un­der the guid­ance of the tech­ni­cal team led by coach, Tr­ish Davies.

The lo­cal-based play­ers have been meet­ing dur­ing week­ends and Camp­bell said all is in place with the team set to leave for Chile on Satur­day. The event is sched­uled for Novem­ber 24 to De­cem­ber 4.

Six­teen coun­tries will take part in the tour­na­ment and have been di­vided into four pools of four. Zimbabwe are in Pool A to­gether with Nether­lands, United States and Korea.

Camp­bell said while they are hop­ing for the best for the team, there is need to be re­al­is­tic tak­ing into ac­count the op­po­si­tion they are up against.

“We are un­der no il­lu­sion, it’s go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult tour­na­ment. It’s go­ing to be tough but the team work is look­ing very good. I think they are not go­ing to let them­selves down, they will sur­prise many with their stan­dard,” said Camp­bell.

As­sis­tant coach, Ten­dayi Maredza ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the way their prepa­ra­tions are go­ing.

“We are very im­pressed as the man­age­ment be­cause we have seen a huge im­prove­ment. We are not go­ing to hope for much but just ex­pe­ri­ence. Now we are just play­ing games ev­ery day with the boys’ teams, just fix­ing small things. They have im­proved on fit­ness and com­bi­na­tions are com­ing up well. We have played two games so far,” said Maredza.

Group B has Argentina, France, Ger­many and Ja­pan while Aus­tralia, Chile, England and South Africa makes up Pool C. Pool D is made up of Bel­gium, China, New Zealand and Spain.

Mean­while Haz sec­re­tary gen­eral, Sarah Ben­nett will also be in Chile after she was ap­pointed tech­ni­cal of­fi­cial by the in­ter­na­tional fed­er­a­tion.

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