Handball association appeals for funds
By MARTHA CHILOSHA -
THE Handball Association of Zambia (HAZ) is scouting for KR470,000 for the preparations of a 30-member girls team and other logistics for the World Cup qualifiers set for Congo Brazzaville in August and the finals to be held in China.
HAZ communications manager, Josabo Chango appealed to Government, companies and well-wishers to come on board and help the association raise the money for preparations and sending of the team to Brazzaville from August 21 to 31 ahead of the finals to be hosted by China next year.
Chango said the squad would be in camp for two months when a final team is expected to be selected to represent Zambia at the Congo Brazzaville World Cup qualifiers and later the finals.
Twenty-two players reported for camp at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) on Monday where they had their first training, while eight players were expected to join squad by yesterday.
He appealed to Sports Minister, Chishimba Kambwili to help the association raise the required KR470,000 by engaging mining firms and help HAZ meet their budget to camp the 18 players locally and international before the tournament.
“We are appealing to the corporate world to come on board and help us raise the money to send a team to China for the junior championships. We are calling on the Minister of Sports to help us by using his office to influence the mining firms to support us,” Chango said.
The HAZ communications manager said his association had set aside some money to be used to camp the 30 girls at either OYDC or Youth Alive Centre in Lusaka.
He appealed to companies to come board to assist with feeding, providing of kit for the players and other logistics ahead of the two major international events.
Chango said an 18-member team would be named in July to play friendly matches against South Africa, Malawi and Zimbabwe as part of the preparations.