TEN schools from Matabeleland North Province will tomorrow converge at Inyathi High for the National Association of Secondary Schools Heads (Nash) boys and girls handball Under-16 and 20 provincial finals.
The schools will be representing the province’s districts namely; Umguza, Bubi, Lupane, Hwange, Tsholotsho, Nkayi and Binga.
The competition will be used to select sides that will represent Matabeleland North in the national finals that will be held in Kadoma on July 13 for the Under-16 age group while the finals for the Under-20 have been pencilled for July 27 in Marondera.
Hwange High will be looking to defend their title in the girls’ Under-20 and boys’ Under-16 categories with Gebhuza coming in as the defending champions in the girls’ Under-16 age group.
David Livingstone, St James, Zenzele, Fatima, Tsholotsho, Tinde, Nkayi and Hlangabeza will be the schools from the province seeking to claim this year’s title.
Matabeleland North head in charge, Vusumuzi Nkiwane
yesterday told Southern Eye Sport that they were expecting an improvement in the level of competition in this year’s edition of the games.
“Handball is a newly-introduced sport in our province and we have been having the games now three years running. We are expecting some gradual improvement in terms of competition in the provincial games ,as all of our districts have confirmed their participation,” Nkiwane said.
Each category will have nine teams contesting for the sole ticket to represent the province in the national finals ,with seven schools
representing districts as well as the hosts and the defending champions.
Matabeleland North Zimbabwe Handball Federation chairman Churchill Mabasa said inspection of the venue for the games will be done today.