Collin Matiza Sports Editor
AMON Madzvamuse, the Zimbabwe Handball Federation president, said the recent in-house fighting which has seen him grappling for control of the federation with Simbiso Mpepereki, will not disrupt their preparations for the Umlazi and President’s Trophy tournaments. The ZHF have indicated that they would like to send 15 junior teams to this year’s Umlazi tournament which is set to run from December 5 to 12 in Durban, South Africa. They will also stage the annual President’s Trophy competition at Houghton Park Primary School in Harare on September 26 as part of their preparations for the Umlazi tournament.

“I don’t think the boardroom squabbles will have any adverse effect on our preparations for these two important tournaments because I personally feel that internal politics should not stop the game of handball from being played and the innocent players should be left completely out of it,” Madzvamuse said.

There has been a civil war in the ZHF which has seen the federation’s councillors trying to unseat Madzvamuse and replacing him with Mpepereki.

Alphios Magiya, the ZHF secretary-general, is also reported to be backing Mpepereki despite reports that he was slapped with an indefinite suspension from holding any post in the federation. The ZHF risk being de-registered by the Sports Commission until they put their house in order. But Madzvamuse is defiant and he feels that he is still the right man to lead the ZHF while the federation’s councillors, on the other hand, are saying he has overstayed his welcome and want him replaced by Mpepereki.

Madzvamuse said development programmes should not be put on hold by the in-house squabbles hence his decision to approach about 15 primary and high schools which he would like to take part in this year’s Umlazi tournament.

Kuwadzana of Banket, Bulawayo’s Northlea and Lobengula High Schools, Mukaro High School (Masvingo), Mufakose 4 High School (Harare), Houghton Park Primary School (Harare), Dingwizi (Manicaland), Zengeza 4 High School (Chitungwiza), Bradley High School (Bindura), Chinhoyi High School (Mashonaland West), Prospect Primary School (Harare), Glen View 7 Primary School (Harare), Churchill Boys High School (Harare) and Kwekwe High School have all been asked to send teams to this year’s Umlazi tournament.

They are expected to be joined at this tournament by a boys and girls team from Masvingo’s Danhamombe Handball Club. It is at the Umlazi tournament where, Madzvamuse said, they would like to select 14 boys and an equal number of girls who will make the national Under-16 team that will represent Zimbabwe at the 2016 Hanse Cup in Hamburg, Germany, in April next year.

Harare’s Girls High School and Mashrhino, a select side from Mashonaland West Province, have also been invited to take part at next year’s Hanse Cup.