Female handball squads in camp for Zone VI preparations
Malawi Handball National female under-17 and 19 teams are currently in camp preparing for Zone 6 International Handball Federation (IHF) championship slated for Johannesburg, South Africa from May 23 to 28.
Maha General Secretary Dennis Kumwenda said the association identified under-17 and 19 female players from different schools across the country to form the two sides.
“The teams are in residential camp at Natural Resources Colleges fine tuning before departure. We are happy with how the teams are preparing for the tournament,” he said.
Maha appointed Martha Makoni, Jack Gunde, Steve Mhango and Kossam Jongwe Mphande as coaches for the team.
Kumwenda said Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) supported the camp with K5 million while Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) pumped in K1.5 million.
“The country should expect good things from handball and we are grateful for the financial support from MNCS and MOC.
“The mother body, IHF, will meet expenses for road transport, food and hotel standard accommodation to participating countries,” he said.
Last year, Malawi Handball under-17 male side won a bronze medal from a similar tournament.
Kumwenda said this year they expect to win a gold medal and the worst result should be a silver medal.
“Zone VI Handball games are annual events. Next year it will be the turn for male teams to participate.
“All is well and set but passports for 15 players are not out. We are pleading with the Immigration Department to assist us quickly,” he said.
The developmental teams are expected to depart for South Africa by road on May 21.