Zimbabwe has qualified for the World Korfball Championships in Chinese Taipei next year after beating South Africa 14-12 in the IKF All-Africa Korfball Championships final in Lusaka Zambia on Sunday.
South Africa who were the African defending champions were favourites going into the final but Zimbabwe put up a spirited performance to upset the odds.
Zimbabwe coach Innocent Kanosvava said team work help them to accomplish their mission against a formidable South Africa.
“It wasn’t an easy game because South Africa have been the champions since 2006 so we were playing with more experienced players but I had faith in my team,” Kanosvava said.
“I give credit to my team because they played according to the plan we had since we started preparing for this tournament. It’s not the the experience that matters but team work made us win.”
Kanosvava appealed to the corporate sector to come to the aid of the team as they prepare for the World Championships set for Chinese Taipei next October.
“Now we need to work extra hard for us to go and win not just to add numbers. We need to put our country higher on the rankings, and we can only do that if we have resources.
“Now we are appealing to the corporate world to help us in making this mission a success. We really need your support and assistance because without that we won’t achieve anything as preparations also require resources.”
Korfball is a mixed gender team sport played by two teams made up of eight players, four female and four male. It is a ball sport with with similarities to netball and basketball. The objective is to throw the ball into a netless basket that is mounted on a 3.5m pole.
Zimbabwe was also represented in Zambia by two referees Synathia Mugurungi and Killion Pedzai who were on the panel of referees for the IKF All-Africa Korfball Championships
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