AAGTC team named

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Takudzwa Chit­siga Sports Re­porter

THE Zim­babwe Golf As­so­ci­a­tion have named the team for this year’s All Africa Golf Team Cham­pi­onships to be held at Ele­phant Hills Golf Club in Vic­to­ria Falls from Oc­to­ber 8- 12.

Zim­babwe will be host­ing the con­ti­nen­tal golf show­case for the f irst time with golfers from 20 coun­tries ex­pected to fea­ture in the event.

Ta­tenda Makunde and Rasheed Ma­homed will be rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try’s am­a­teur golf team for the third time.

The team also has sea­soned play­ers David Amm and Ton­derai Ma­sunga.

The ZGA an­nounced the team through their president Mu­faro Chivonivoni, who in­di­cated that 20 coun­tries, in­clud­ing South Africa who usu­ally dom­i­nate the tour­na­ment, will turn up for this year’s event in Vic­to­ria Falls.

Ma­sunga, the most se­nior player in the team hav­ing rep­re­sented the coun­try for more than five years, said he is happy with his cur­rent form.

“I think we have a good team which is a mix­ture of both ex­pe­ri­ence and new play­ers, who are do­ing well.

The team is good and we have a good coach, who we have worked with for sev­eral years.

“The play­ers worked hard to make it into the team and I think they are the best. We are look­ing for­ward to give a good fight as we will be play­ing at home, so we need to prove our­selves.

“Play­ing at Ele­phant Hills will not be new to most of us so we will try and take ad­van­tage of course knowl­edge,” said Ma­sunga.

Some of the coun­tries that have al­ready con­firmed their par­tic­i­pa­tion at this tour­na­ment in­clude Ghana, Sey­chelles, Mali, Nige­ria, South Africa, Re­union Is­lands, Kenya, Namibia, Tu­nisia, Zam­bia, Mau­ri­tius, Uganda, Swazi­land, An­gola and Morocco.

The All Africa Golf Team Cham­pi­onships is held every two years and Zim­babwe fin­ished third be­hind win­ners South Africa and the hosts Kenya, who came sec­ond, in 2015.

Coun­tries are re­quested to send four of their top na­tional am­a­teur play­ers along with a coach and president of their na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion/ Union for a con­tin­gent to­tal of six.

The ex­ec­u­tives of the Africa Golf Con­fed­er­a­tion and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Royal and An­cient of Scot­land usu­ally grace the tour­na­ment.

The tour­na­ment is used to pre­pare top African am­a­teurs golfers for the World Am­a­teur Team Cham­pi­onships that are held every two years un­der the aus­pices of the In­ter­na­tional Golf Fed­er­a­tion.

Roger Baylis will be the team coach while the team man­ager is Si­mon Mu­rung­weni and the play­ers will get into camp on Septem­ber 18 af­ter the Hill­side Mas­ters to be held to­mor­row and Sun­day at Hill­side Golf Club in Mutare.

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