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THE Zimbabwe Premier Handball League meeting that was scheduled for Saturday at Harare Girls High School to map the way forward for the upcoming season has been postponed after clubs failed to turn up for the indaba.

The meeting was expected to map the way forward on how this year’s league will run, but the PHL leadership will have to come up with another date as they could not proceed without the clubs.

PHL chairman, Robert Shumba, could not give much detail concerning the failure by the clubs to attend the crucial meeting that would have determined when the league would start and how it is going to run.

“The clubs did not turn up. We wanted to map the way forward for the Premier Handball League because we are yet to sit down. At the moment we don’t have anything,” said Shumba.

The league was formed in 2013 but started last year with the provinces divided into two regions — Northern and Southern Region.

The league’s fixtures secretary, Allan Mandeya, early this month presented some challenges and recommendations to improve this year’s league.

Some of the challenges raised in his report include the failure by some of the clubs to fulfil their fixtures. The league was also not concluded because of the time-frame.

Mandeya recommended that the league format be changed and have teams playing home and away in an effort to aertise the sport.

Mandeya suggested that the rules and regulations be circulated before the start of the league and that clubs should agree on the affiliation fees since most of them are struggling. And these are some of the issues likely to be discussed at the meeting if they come up with a new date after the postponement on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Handball Federation will hold their Women in Sport general assembly on March 27 in Gweru ahead of the executive elections slated for March 31 in Kariba. ZHF secretary-general, Alphios Magiya, said the upcoming elections will be held under their adopted constitution approved by the Sports Commission.

“Before the general meeting we will have the Women in Sport general assembly on March 27 that will see them electing their new executive into office. All the seven positions will be contested and ZHF will preside over the elections.

“The constitution we are using now is adopted by the Sports Commission, so we are holding all elections according to the adopted constitution. And the chairperson for women in sport sits in the executive board, so she will cast her vote which means they should have their elections before the executive,” said Magiya.

The local handball mother-body will then hold elections to elect a new executive on March 31. The current executive is led by Amon Madzvamuse and all positions are up for grabs.

While the executive is focusing on the upcoming elections, it is their failure to send the senior men and women’s national teams for the Zone Six Championships that were supposed to be held in Zambia last week that leaves a lot to be desired.

The championships were serving as qualifiers for this year’s All-Africa Games to be staged in Brazzaville, Congo, from September 4 to 19.

Zimbabwe joined most of the Southern Africa Region countries that did not send their teams at the competition, which saw Angola and Zambia automatically qualifying for the main event in the women’s section.

In the men’s category only one team qualifies and Zambia are expected to battle it out with Angola on a date to be announced for the single slot.

The local national teams last participated in the All-Africa Games in 1995 when Zimbabwe hosted the Games.

The country has been failing to participate in the Games as qualification was restricted to the top ranked countries.

However, this year’s qualification was opened to all countries within the continent with the zonal championships. But Zimbabwe failed to utilise this opportunity to revive their national teams that have not competed in most of the continental events because the ZHF has over the years had difficulties in funding their teams.

Source : The Herald