By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA
THE Handball Association of Zambia (HAZ) is desperately scouting for a deficit of K308, 000 to compete in the All-Africa Games (AAG) regional five qualifier tournament to be staged in Zambia from March 18-24.
In an interview yesterday, HAZ communications manager Josab Changa said the association had managed to raise K272, 000 from K580, 000 budget.
Changa said HAZ was under-pressure to raise the deficit of K308, 000 meant for registration and participation fees for the two teams (men and women).
“We are appealing to individuals and business world to assist us meet the budget. HAZ wrote to the Ministry of Sports, of which we were called to a meeting with the Permanent Secretary and was told that government has no money so we should not expect a Ngwee.
“As an association we raised K272, 000 which went towards the camping and all preparations for the teams.
We decided to host the event because it is much cheaper than travelling outside for a team sport. The participating countries will each incur their own cost,” he said.
Meanwhile, Changa said he was confident Zambia would qualify to the AAG tournament scheduled for August 23 to September 3 in Rabat, Morocco.
“I am optimistic the men and women will qualify as we have a better team with quality players,” he said.
Eight countries will compete in the qualifiers slated for the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka, with a winner in each category booking a place at the Morocco event. The competing countries are hosts Zambia, South Africa, Swaziland, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho and Zimbabwe.