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WITH just a month to go before Zimbabwe host the Davis Cup tie against Bosnia-Herzegovina at Harare Sports Club, Tennis Zimbabwe president Regis Bhunu is confident of staging a successful event.

The tie is slated for March 6 to 8 and its preparations started late last year when Zimbabwe earned promotion into the EuroAfrica Group II in September after beating Namibia in the Africa Group III qualifiers.

And the national tennis association are in a drive to raise US$100 000 to successfully host the event.

Bhunu said renovations were currently underway at Harare Sports Club and they have managed to raise half of the amount needed to host the tie.

“We have to meet the target, the date has been set and it cannot be changed. Preparatory work is being done, the centre court is being worked on right now as well as the precast wall and the toilets are being renovated.

“By the end of the month the renovations should be done because, like the centre court, we need to use it before the tie starts.

“We are already making bookings for the players’ tickets, those who would have confirmed their dates, so a lot of things are happening and we are still appealing for financial assistance from any possible sponsor.

“We still need quite some amount.

“So far we have raised US$50 000 and all I can tell you is that we will do everything to make sure the tie is held but to say we will get sponsorship to what level I am not sure. The tie is not reversible anymore, we are way past that.

“The amount which we have, it has come from NetOne but we still have promises with others but have not yet managed to tie up the promises,” said Bhunu. The TZ president said they have also approached the Sports Commission for assistance and will be meeting between this week and next week as they step up their preparations.

“We are even appealing to the Government for sponsorship. We have approached the Sports Commission and we will be holding some meetings with them this week or next week.

Source : The Herald