TICKETS for next year's All-Africa Squash Championships will be up for grabs when Belgravia Sports Club hold their end-of-the year junior tournament in Harare this morning.
The All-Africa Squash Championships will be held in Windhoek, Namibia, from March 28 to April 4 next year and Zimbabwe are looking at sending two teams for the Under-19 age-group competition at this event.
And Mashumba Mukumba, who was recently tasked by the Mashonaland Junior Squash Association to organise and run their junior tournaments, said yesterday that they will use today's tournament at Belgravia Sports Club to select the team for next year's All-Africa Championships in Windhoek.
Mukumba, who is also one of the top squash coaches in this country, said today's event is open to five age-groups - Under-11, 13, 14, 16 and 19 -- for both boys and girls.
"In fact, this event is being hosted by the Zimbabwe Junior Squash in conjunction with Belgravia Sports Club and it's an end-of-the-year tournament. It will be a one-day tournament starting from 8am and will finish at around lunchtime.
"The tournament is open to both boys and girls from five age-groups - Under-11, 13, 14, 16 and 19 -- and it will mark the end of the 2012 season and also to give the children an insight as to who is the best player for 2012 in their age-groups.
"There are lots of prizes to be won at this tournament which is being bankrolled by a local insurance company Eaton and Young, and a local courier company FedEx," Mukumba said.
All the top local junior squash players are expected to take part in this morning's event in which Arundel High School will be represented by 12 players.
"Arundel High School are sending 12 players to this tournament and they will have the largest number of entries and this is very encouraging.
"So, we are expecting some stiff competition in all the age-groups, especially in the Under-19 category as the players will be fighting for places in the Zimbabwe team for next year's All-Africa Championships in Namibia," Mukumba said.