Korfball appeals for funds

HARARE - Zimbabwe Under-23 Korfball national team, who are set to participate in the International Korfball Federation African Junior Championships in South Africa, have appealed for funding.

The tournament for the ball sport which has similarities to netball and basketball will be held from July 8 to 12.

“I wish to invite all Zimbabweans to join hands in putting together resources to support this worthy cause to empower and support our junior national team,” Tarirai Chadebah, president of Zimbabwe Korfball Federation said on Friday during the Under-23 team's unveiling ceremony.

“The team has been training since April 27 and now its training every weekend. We need to bring home gold and represent Africa in the upcoming Korfball World Cup in Czech Republic next year.

“But to achieve all this we need to secure funding so we can travel to South Africa. We need  transport to South Africa and players' accommodation and meals for five days which comes to a total cost of $18 000," she said, adding that despite lacking funds the team had great potential.

“We are currently rated number two in Africa and number 24 in the World,”Chadebah said.

Sport and Recreation Commission director-general Charles Nhemachena, who was a guest at the unveiling ceremony on Friday, urged stakeholders to assist the korfball team.

Korfball is a ball sport, with similarities to netball and basketball. It is played by two teams of eight players with either eight females in each team or with four females and four males in each team.

The objective is to throw a ball through a bottomless basket that is mounted on a 3.5 metres high pole.

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