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TENNIS Zimbabwe president Regis Bhunu has expressed confidence that they are going to raise funds required to successfully host their Davis Cup EuroAfrica Zone II tie against Bosnia-Herzegovina early next year.

The tie is slated for Harare over the weekend of March 6-8.

Bhunu yesterday said they had so far managed to take on board Net One and Old Mutual.

Early last month TZ, who also partnered with Hexagon, said they needed at least US$100 000 to successfully host the event.

The money is needed to cater for refurbishments of playing courts, accommodation, transport, players’ camps, among other things.

“Our preparations are going very well and with the coming on board of NetOne and Old Mutual, I am confident that we are going to reach our target on time.

“At the moment I am not at liberty to disclose the package they are investing into the event because we are still finalising the finer details. We are thankful that they have decided to come on board.

“We are still however, approaching other companies and individuals, engaging them so that we can have more sponsors coming in to make the event successful. So much can be done if more resources are available.

“So far things are looking bright and everything is progressing well. If we had our way we would have wanted to have raised the full amount a month before for planning purposes. However, if we fail to meet that then we will be working until the last day to ensure that everything is in place,” said Bhunu.

The country earned qualification into the Euro-Africa Zone II in September after the team led by non-playing captain Martin Dzuwa emerged victorious in a tournament held in Egypt.

The triumphant side which comprised of Tinotenda Chanakira, Benjamin Lock, Takanyi Garanganga and Mark Fynn won against Namibia in promotional play offs that were held in Egypt.

Bhunu said training for the team was already in full swing as various tournaments are taking place in and around the country.

“In as far as the team’s preparation is concerned, currently most of our players are taking part in various tournaments locally and internationally so there is plenty of action for the players to keep them in form,” said Bhunu.

The team that will represent the country during the tie will be revealed mid-January, basing on the players rankings.

Source : The Herald