Team Zimbabwe Korfball is seeking to turn the silver medals achieved in previous editions of the International Korfball Federation (IKF) World Cup qualifiers into gold when it hosts the IKF World Cup qualifiers set for Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex this weekend.
Ranked second in Africa and 25 in the world, Team Zimbabwe believes it can utilise home advantage to turn the silver medals into gold to book a slot in the July World Cup expected to be hosted by korfball power house, South Africa who are ranked 15 in the world.
Head coach, Percyledge Samugadza believes his charges can break the six time jinx that has seen the team achieve silver medals in their quest for World Cup qualification.
“We have been preparing for this showpiece and we believe we will ride on home advantage,” said Samugadza.
Coming up with the 18 member team was a mammoth task for the technical team, forcing it to incorporate sports persons from netball and volleyball.
Meanwhile, the IKF is holding a coaching clinic for officials as part of efforts to help popularise the sport.
IKF Instructor, Theo van Der Linde saids officials are displaying a higher level of keenness to learn more about the sport.
Korfball is one sport played in a mixed zone involving both male and female players.
Zambia, South Africa, Malawi and hosts, Zimbabwe will face off in the World Cup Qualifiers from the 27th to the 29th of this month.