The Zimbabwe Africa Region V golf team has intensified preparations for next week’s Africa golf championships to be hosted at Chapman golf club in Harare.

The team, which has been in camp for two weeks, will compete for honours against 10 other African countries from the SADC region from the 8th until the 14th of this month.

Team coach, Simon Murungweni said Zimbabwe will now field an additional team of four players to balance the number of teams participating following the withdrawal of Lesotho.

“We will be putting up a second team following the withdrawal of Lesotho to enable the teams to balance and the boys have working hard to ensure we do not only compete but win.

In fact we have been working on stroke play format to ensure we stay in contention from the start and working on the players’ mental strength to ensure we instil a winning mentality despite having an abundance of talent and great swing we want to win at all costs,” he said.

South Africa has in the past few years been dominating the Region V Africa Golf Championships which will be played based on the individual stable ford and stroke play.

Zimbabwe will be banking on home advantage, playing at Chapman a course, which they are familiar with and home support to beat perennial rivals, South Africa this year.

Team Zimbabwe will be pinning its hopes on the experienced but young team’s shoulders during the four day tournament.

The Zimbabwe team, which was selected based on the order of merit, comprises David Amm who this weekend is competing in South Africa nomads U19 tourney, Tafadzwa Nyamukondiwa, Tafara Mpofu, Thompson Masiya, Rashid Mohammed, Tatenda Makunde, Promise Sumbureiro and Conrad Makoto.