Zimbabwean chess players Tadiwa Madaka and Farai Hamandishe are expected to raise the country’s flag high at the World Schools Chess Championships set for Albania in April.

All eyes will be on under 12 Africa champion Madaka and under 16 Africa champion Hamandishe.

Zimbabwean schools Tafara 1 High, Venice from Kwekwe, Mathew Redfern from Bulawayo, Mufakose High 1, Chipindura, Avondale and chess power house Alfred Beit will be expected to leave an indelible mark at the continental showdown.

International organiser for chess event Lenslord Charumbira said the teams are working round the clock to ensure they put up brilliant performances and compete at the highest level of the biggest chess event.

The players are expected in camp next month for an intensive training programme organised by the Harare Chess Association  and the Zimbabwe Chess Foundation as preparations for the showdown intensify.