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President of the Zimbabwe Handball Federation Amon Madzvamuse says there is need for clubs to be professional in the way they conduct their business if they are to scale great heights.

Madzvamuse was in Doha, Qatar, attending the International Handball Federation congress, which ran from January 28 to February 2 and coincided with the 2015 World Men’s Handball Championships that was won by France. The congress was focusing on how national associations should conduct their day-to-day business to ensure there is progress in the development of the sport.

Madzvamuse said as a result of the presentations and requirements that were made during the congress, there may be few clubs playing in the national league this year as they seek to run the sport professionally from club level.

“That particular congress was emphasising on the day-to-day running of national associations. We were given the latest information, sort of being inducted on how to run our associations.

“This season we are likely to have a few clubs in the league because of some of the standards they have to meet. Generally this was discussed at the congress, they were not targeting one country but Africa in general.

“If you don’t meet the standards, for example the issue of affiliation, if you are not affiliated to the Continental of African Handball Board and IHF you are not recognised. The clubs have to affiliate to ZHF, then we forward a certain percentage of their affiliation fees to CAHB and IHF so that when it comes to Club Championships our clubs will be invited.

“If you check yesteryear, most of our clubs were playing without being affiliated and we thought we had made a mark but then we were playing without being recognised. So far we have 18 men’s clubs and 14 women’s clubs. “We expect the same clubs to affiliate when the season starts in March,” said Madzvamuse.

Madzvamuse said he had the opportunity to present some of the programmes they have done as an association and are hoping to benefit from funds that were unveiled by the international federation during the congress.

“As Zimbabwe we had the opportunity to present at CAHB level and I explained the whole process of us writing our constitution and the running of the league which they promised they will assist with some funds. IHF unveiled some funds to run associations and all they need is for us to be in good books with the sporting mother body, that is the Sports Commission and submit our constitution to the IHF. We have to write a project proposal and tell them what we are doing. It also has to be approved by the Sports Commission and clubs should have everything in place such as bank accounts.

“All they want is us doing things professionally,” said Madzvamuse.

Meanwhile, the ZHF secretary-general, Alphios Magiya recently attended the first IHF administrative course for national secretaries-general in Doha.

It was at this forum that each and every federation were asked to set up a secretariat desk to manage the finances and manage their organs. The secretariat desk is expected to run the day-to-day activities of the association.

It will be made up of two members and headed by the secretary-general.

Magiya also revealed this that the senior national men’s team for next month’s 2015 All-Africa Games Zone Six qualifying tournament in Lusaka, Zambia, will be led by Thembani Nkala of Harare’s Black Rhinos who will be the head coach and he will be assisted by Cephas Mushati of Bulawayo-based Black Panthers.

Source : The Herald