Bu­l­awayo ready for Hockey Se­ries Open

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BU­L­AWAYO is ready for its first in­ter­na­tional hockey tour­na­ment in years when the city hosts the Hockey Se­ries Open which starts at Khu­malo Hockey Sta­dium on Fri­day.

Zim­babwe, Namibia, Egypt and Zam­bia are the coun­tries that are tak­ing part in the Hockey Se­ries Open with matches to be played from 7 to 9 De­cem­ber. Lo­cal Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee spokesper­son, No­mashawekazi Da­masaneNdlovu said the city is gear­ing up for the games with the venue be­ing pre­pared.

“Prepa­ra­tions for the tour­na­ment are at an ad­vanced stage. Our world class hockey fa­cil­ity is be­ing made ready to re­ceive our teams. We shall see some of the teams com­ing to cli­ma­tise at the sta­dium just be­fore the tour­na­ment be­gins,’’ Da­masane Ndlovu said.

For­eign na­tional teams are ex­pected to start ar­riv­ing in Bu­l­awayo from Wed­nes­day ahead of the start of the matches on Fri­day.

Three matches are lined up for Fri­day with the open­ing fix­tures be­ing a women’s clash be­tween Namibia and Zam­bia be­fore Egypt and Namibia men meet in the sec­ond en­counter of the day. Zim­bab­wean men and their Zam­bian coun­ter­parts play the last match of the day on Fri­day.

Mean­while, Za­palala Su­per­mar­ket are the ti­tle spon­sors of the Hockey Se­ries Open with their chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Lloyd Turner an­nounc­ing that it was part of their so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity ini­tia­tive.

“Za­palala are hon­oured to sup­port the Hockey Se­ries Open Zim­babwe which gives de­vel­op­ing hockey play­ing na­tions the op­por­tu­nity to test them­selves against some of the world’s best — sport de­vel­ops com­mu­ni­ties and cre­ates ir­re­place­able friend­ship and com­radery,’’ Turner said.

Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion of Zim­babwe pres­i­dent, Grant Camp­bell wel­comed the spon­sor­ship from Za­palala and said they need such part­ner­ships so as to at­tract up-and-com­ing hockey play­ers.

“The HAZ is de­lighted to have Za­palala come on board to sup­port the Hockey Se­ries Open, — its part­ner­ships like this that Zim­babwe hockey needs to cre­ate a point of ref­er­ence to our emerg­ing young hockey play­ers,’’ said Camp­bell. — @Mdaw­ini_29

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