Handball Association of Zambia president Bwalya Banda says the Association is working towards qualifying the national team for the 2019 All African Games slated for this August in Morocco.
Banda told Goal Diggers! that the Association will have a busy 2019 calendar as it seeks to further qualify the team for the Africa and World Cups respectively next year.
“2019 calendar is very packed actually. So, we can start with local and go international. For the local, we are going to have on the second of March, we are going to have club championship. This is where we expect all our clubs to participate actively at NASDEC in Lusaka. And from there, we will make the final selection for the senior men’s and senior women’s teams. From there, the senior men’s and women’s teams will go into the first camp in preparation on for All African Games qualifiers, which will be held here in Zambia. The All African Games qualifier will be held on the 18 to the 21 of March, 2019. Teams like South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi will battle it out on which country will represent region five at All Africa games. The final All African Games will be in August in Morocco and the winner of the qualifiers will represent region five,” said Banda.
“Then from there, we will have the junior, which is the International Handball Federation tournament in Durban, which will be used as a qualifier for the World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations, and we will ensure that we qualify. This will be in May in South Africa. So, both the Under-20 and Under-17 girls will participate in this tournament. Then we will also continue with our Super 8 League until the end of the year.