By Skilder Makona
The Zimbabwe Under-21 national handball team’s preparations for the Zone Six Challenge trophy have been dealt a major blow after their trip for a training tournament in South Africa was cancelled.
Despite being cleared by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), the Zimbabwe Under-21 side will no longer travel to Cape Town for the Abahlobo Tournament due to logistical challenges.
The development is a major blow as the trip was part of preparations for the much-awaited International Handball Federation Zone VI Challenge Trophy to be hosted by Zimbabwe later this year.
“The team will no longer make it to Cape Town because of some challenges encountered along the way. It is sad though, but we have face reality, the logistical challenges are beyond our control,” said Zimbabwe Handball Federation Secretary General Edson Chirowodza.
He added, “The tournament was very vital for us to test our strength ahead of the IHF Zone VI Challenge Trophy later this year and also to see our progress in terms of Vision 2024 targets. It is very necessary to be actively competitive especially after a long lay-off, hence will see how best we can organise more high-profile games to give our players exposure.”
The Abahlobo Tournament will be held from the 21st to the 25th of this month in Cape Town, South Africa.
Meanwhile the Zimbabwe Handball Federation is now planning to hold another Vision 2024 training camp for the Under 18 and Under 21 national teams.