Harare - The Zimbabwe Handball Federation is running around to make sure all is in place for the International Handball Zone V1 trophy set for Harare in April.
The tournament will see eight countries from Southern Africa battling it out for honours in the Boys Under-21 and Under-18 categories from April 24-30.
The girls’ edition of the fiesta was held in Zambia last year with Madagascar dominating proceedings.
Zimbabwe got the nod to host the prestigious event last year but there had been concerns over the state of their facilities.
However, the African Handball Confederation (CAHB) director of sport, Assemian Noel, endorsed the facilities when he visited the country this month.
Noel gave some recommendations before leaving the country for the Ivory Coast on areas he thought needed to be addressed.
The games will be held at Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex, a venue which was also used for the 1995 All Africa Games as well as the City Sports Centre in Harare which hosted an international basketball tournament recently.
“At the Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex we must have electricity, the electricity is there but no connection so you must put the electricity. Water issue also needs to be fixed because we need water after the games so it is important to have water,” said Noel.
“The playing surface also need to be repaired as some patches are in bad state but the hall is suitable for the handball games. The second venue is City Sports Centre, the electricity is there but the preparations will be on the playing surface and once the local organising committee follows our recommendations then they will be able host the tournament.”
The Zimbabwe Handball Federation has since engaged engineers to look at those areas and there is marked progress on the facilities.
Secretary general of the federation, Edison Chiroodza, said everything was moving smoothly and Zimbabwe was ready to host the region in the pinnacle tournament.
“We are running around and it is my pleasure to announce that work is on and there is marked progress in the refurbishment of the two facilities which will be hosting the IHF Trophy,” said Chiroodza.
“There is a special taskforce on the ground doing the work and what I can say for now is the country is ready to host the tournament. Our teams are already in camp for the tournament and hopefully it will be a tournament to remember.”
Zambia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, eSwathini, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi as well as the hosts are expected to grace the event.