2019 promises to be a bumper sporting year for Zimbabwe who will anxiously follow events at the Netball World Cup, while athletes’ attention will be set on qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Save for Zimbabwe’s non-participation at the cricket and rugby world cups, there will be a lot to live up to on the sporting arena in 2019.
On the football front, fans across the country will anxiously await the Zimbabwe national soccer team’s do-or-die AFCON encounter against Congo Brazzaville in March.
With just a point required to seal qualification at Africa’s prestigious football showpiece, Sunday Chidzambwa will be expecting his charges to do the business and secure a place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The thought of participating at a world cup is bound to stimulate excitement and with Zimbabwe having booked a berth at netball’s global showpiece to be hosted by England in July, all eyes will be on Zimbabwe’s netball gems.
Placed in the same group as Australia, Northern Ireland and Sri-Lanka, Zimbabwe will need top preparations ahead of their maiden appearance at the world cup.
On the rugby front a lot will be at stake for the Zimbabwe Sevens rugby team who will be engaged in a crucial Olympic qualifier tournament.
After narrowly missing out on Rio qualification, the Cheetahs will be looking to build on Africa Cup glory by qualifying for Tokyo 2020.
In their way will be an experienced Kenyan outfit with hopes also pinned on SOUTH AFRICA being in the HSBC series top 4 so as to avoid facing them in regional qualifiers.
Boxing was a constant feature on the local sporting scene in 2018 and fans will be relishing the prospect of continued vibrancy as the sport looks to produce talent that can challenge for honours on the international front.
On the tennis scene, Zimbabwe is expected to again host ITF Futures events with the 18 and under ITF tournaments also set to be part of the tennis calendar.
The next Olympics will see karate making a debut appearance and having in recent years produced top fighters, Zimbabwe will be hoping to have some karatekas qualify for Tokyo 2020.