The Handball Association of Zambia (HAZ) is scouting for KR470, 000 to send the girls team to the African Junior Championship tournament slated for Congo Brazzaville in august this year.
HAZ Marketing and communications manager Josab Changa has since appealed to government and the corporate world to assist his association in raising the much required funds.
Changa says the Congo Brazzaville tourney is important as it will not only impart new skills to the local players but also put Zambia on the world map in terms of the sport handball.
ZANIS Sports reports that the HAZ Marketing and communications manager said this in a telephone interview in Lusaka today.
Changa also called on the hospitality industry to assist the teams with camping sites and any other logistical requirements.
He further said that the preparations for the Congo Brazzaville tourney are progressing and that the players are responding well to training.
A 25 member Zambian Handball Girls team comprising of 18 players and 7 officials is expected to participate at the Congo Brazzaville African tournament that will run from the 21st to the 31st of august this year.
The four top teams from the Congo Brazzaville tournament will automatically qualify to the Olympics tournament to be held in Nanjin in China and the world junior championship to be held in Qatar next year.
Changa expressed hope that the friendly match that the junior team will play against Zimbabwe next month at the Olympic Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka will put the team in good shape to aim at qualifying to both tournaments.