UPCOMING handball players from primary schools in Harare and Chitungwiza are bracing for the Under-14 boys and girls tournaments at Prospect and Zengeza 7 primary schools. Participants in Harare will converge at Prospect Primary on September 23 and in Chitungwiza action will be at Zengeza 7 Primary the following day.

The events are being organised by the Zimbabwe Handball Federation and are expected to spread to other provinces culminating in the national finals later this year.

ZHF organising secretary, Bernard Muzanenhamo, said they were embarking on a junior development programme through the tournaments, targeting primary schools.

“We are organising this for primary schools because all along handball games have been focusing on high schools and not focusing on the grassroots.

“So, we now want to start development early.

“We are hoping to develop players in primary schools so that when they go to high school they are ready for another stage of development.

“We are starting with Harare but we want all provinces to hold such tournaments. I

“It’s going to be an annual event and for continuity purposes, we will set up tournaments from district level, then provincial events culminating into national finals.

“After these provincial tournaments, we will have national finals,” said Muzanenhamo.

The competing schools will be grouped into pools to select those that progress to the quarter-finals, then semi-finals and finals.

“I believe one day is enough because these are primary schools and we will create more grounds.

“We expect a huge turnout of schools in both tournaments. We are looking at 30 schools for Chitungwiza and 40 for Harare.

“We are yet to come up with a date for the national finals, because we are looking at all provinces finishing the provincial tournaments but we will have the finals before the end of year,” said Muzanenhamo.

The ZHF organising secretary said there will be prize money for the winners although he could not reveal the actual amounts. — Herald/CLS reporter