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All set for start of handball league

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THE 2018 handball season will commence next week in Bulawayo with about eight teams in the boysa�� category and seven teams in the girlsa�� category that have confirmed their participation in this yeara��s edition.

Last year the league failed to materialise after a lot of teams lacked the financial muscle to cater for the leaguea��s expenses.

This yeara��s edition is different from the yester year leagues because it will be running in five provinces in the country.

The regions are Southern, Northern, Western, Central and Eastern.

a�?The goal is that in September the top two teams from each region shall be pooled in the national championship tournament of which the winner of the national championship shall qualify for regional club championship to continental club championship and final International clubs championships,a�? said Zimbabwe Handball Federation secretary Edison Chirodza.

Chirodza added that preparations for 2024 Olympics were under way.

a�?We have a National team Under-18 training camp for 21-24 July in Harare where we will host a Switzerland coach.

a�?This team has been selected for a long term project, Olympics 2024. Last month they participated in the Zone 6 games in Zambia and came third out of eight countries.a�?

a�?The Switzerland coach is a former international handball player and offered his services to support handball in Zimbabwe and we are looking forward to having co-operation with their federation. Ita��s not his first time to come to Zimbabwe.

a�?He has been here before and he is coming back as we develop this group of young stars. He is highly qualified and we need his experience and expertise,a�? he said.