The Herald (Harare)

29 October 2013

Zimbabwe: Handball Federation Postpone League Debut

THE Zimbabwe Handball Federation have postponed the introduction of their national league to next year after meeting with the clubs at Girls High School in Harare on Saturday.The national federation had earlier this year indicated they would be forming a national league to keep their clubs active.

However, ZHF secretary-general Alphios Magiya said the meeting was meant to create a database and register all clubs to form the league.

"The meeting was meant to prepare a database for all the clubs and formalise registration of clubs so that we have a national league running from March 2014.

"This year we can no longer have the league because our season starts in March so it was resolved at the meeting with the clubs that the league starts next year.

"The clubs were saying they need to prepare for the league," said Magiya.

Magiya said they need to mobilise resources before the league can start so that the clubs would be rewarded for their efforts at the end of the season.

"One of the issues is resource mobilisation because the league cannot run without enough resources.

"I think that was the major issue leading to the postponement.

"We also felt that some of the clubs do not fully understand what a club is so they had issues to fulfil, we need the clubs to be properly structured.

"They have to be committed, register their players and have a known executive. We had some men and women's clubs officially registering at the meeting but registration is continuing until November 15 for the unregistered clubs," said Magiya.

Clubs that attended the meeting include Black Rhinos, TS Alliance, Highfield 1 club, MSU, Harare Community club, Hurricanes, Serima, Trinity, Shanana, Wales, Chishawasha Seminary and City Saints.

Meanwhile, the handball mother body set up a coaches commission last Friday and it will be led by seasoned Mutare-based coach Alan Mandeya.

Magiya said the commission would be responsible for the development of coaches and athletes.

"On Friday, before (Saturday's) meeting we established a coaches commission and we were inducting the national team coaches.

"The terms of reference for the coaches commission are to develop coaches, recommend personnel for national assignments and developing athletes by giving expertise to our coaches.

"They will be working on the education of coaches and athletes through workshops and seminars. They are also mandated to form provincial coaches commissions," said Magiya.

The meeting was chaired by the ZHF president Amon Madzvamuse and was attended by the executive members and clubs representatives.

And Mandeya said they would soon be finalising on the dates for the end of year tournament.

"There will be a lot of changes in Zimbabwean handball next year. The president (Madzvamuse) through his vice president has thrown a lot of weight behind clubs system for next year and promised that the end of year tournament will be played this year.

"We are going to have yet another meeting with the chairperson of clubs to finalise the calendar and the playing format for the league next year," wrote Mandeya on Zimbabwe Handball's Facebook wall yesterday.

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