ZIMBABWE Handball Federation secretary-general Alphios Magiya says they have to work hard in a short space of time to mobilise resources for the All-Africa Games Region 5 qualifying tournament to be held in Zambia next month.
Congo Brazzaville will host the 2015 All-Africa Games showcase in September marking the 50th anniversary of the games which were first held in that country in 1965.
Magiya said despite the short time before the qualifiers they were preparing for the competition.
“We were given the shortest ever time to prepare for an international competition,” he said.
“We were informed on January 26 that the qualifiers will be on from March 9. It is a very short time to mobilise resources.
“We need $26 450 for 32 players and eight officials. We have put in a resource mobilisation team composed of five members to help us. We are not only hoping to get money, but donations in kind. We need help with transport, kits, players’ allowances and accommodation.”
Magiya said they would approach the Sports and Recreation Commission for assistance.
“Our qualifiers are coming earlier than any other sporting discipline,” he said.
“We are hoping that the government, through SRC, will chip in and assist. However, we all know that the economic situation in the country is bad, so we still have a huge part to play in terms of mobilising resources.”
On the team he said: “We have appointed coaches who have the task of coming up with the teams. They have already started work.
“We are very hopeful that we will come up with strong teams.
If resources allow, we want to have a two-week training camp before the team leaves.”
Four teams from the women and men categories will qualify for the African sporting competition that will feature disciplines like
football, netball, volleyball and basketball.