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WE will work harder in 2019 to ensure Zambia bags medals at the International Handball Federation (IHF) under-17 women trophy and the All-Africa Games, says Handball Association of Zambia (HAZ) president Victor Banda.

Speaking in an interview yesterday, Banda described 2018 a success and said he had no doubt the federation will perform exceptionally well next year.

He said his administration will make sure the girls’ team are well prepared for the IHF Trophy to win the regional zone five qualifiers.

“2019 is a crucial year as we have IHF trophy preliminaries and All-Africa Games (AAG)   qualifiers. We have already assembled a girls’ team for the IHF trophy qualifiers to be held between January and April.

The senior men’s and women teams will also begin preparations for the AAG tournament slated for August in Morocco. Our desire as an association is to ensure the teams perform well and win accolades,” he said.

Meanwhile, Banda urged the executive committee members, technical bench and players to work as a unit to raise the standards of the game in Zambia.

“Our boys U-17 and U-20 did a good job, they won the regional trophies and performed well at continental level. The naming of Felix Kabundu of Siavonga Secondary as the best player in Africa was plus and a motivation to other players,” he said.

He called on the corporate world to partner with HAZ to successfully sponsor the teams.

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