Zim finds the going tough at continental handball tourney

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Gweru (New Ziana) -ZIMBABWE is finding the going tough at the International Handball Federation (IHF) Trophy Continental Phase Under 20 tournament in Congo, Brazzaville where they have lost their opening two games.

In their first match on January 16, Zimbabwe lost 20-55 to hosts Congo and on Wednesday succumbed to a 13-41 defeat to Guinea.

Zimbabwe, which is making a maiden appearance at the continental tournament, were taking on Nigeria on Wednesday, square off against Madagascar on Thursday and battle it off with Rwanda on Friday.

Speaking from Brazzavile, head of delegation and Zimbabwe Handball Federation secretary general, Edson Chirowodza said the team finding the going tough at the tournament as it was playing against more experienced opponents.

“As Team Zimbabwe we have a lot of lessons to carry home as this is our first time at a tournament of this magnitude. Our play is slow in attack, and we need to improve in our defence. The game here is too quick and use of glue on the ball has affected us as we are not used to playing with glue,” he said.

Chirowodza however, said there was room for improvement, and they would catch up with the standard of play.

“There is room for improvement and indeed it’s a learning curve. We are not very far from the standard of the game here. A lot of conditioning, individual tactics training is also critical for our coaches to implement,” he said.

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