handball.jpgThe Zimbabwe Under 20 men’s and women’s handball teams are back in the country after a commendable showing that sealed bronze medals at the International Handball Federation Zone 6 Challenge Trophy which ended in South Africa on Friday.

The Zimbabwe Under 20 men’s and women’s handball teams preparations for the IHF Challenge Trophy did not go to waste as both teams put up resilient performances en route to winning bronze medals at the regional handball extravaganza.

The teams were in a jubilant mood upon their arrival from South Africa, where they cemented their growing status as regional powerhouses.

Zimbabwe Under 20 men’s and women’s team coaches, Allan Mandeya and Tawanda Mapira heaped praise on the players for their remarkable showing against some of the best teams from the region.

Two Zimbabwean referees, Innocent Kanosvova and Maxwell Mukwena broke new ground by becoming the first local officials to take charge of matches at the IHF Challenge Cup.

The duo caught the eye in their maiden appearance at the regional handball showpiece by finishing as the best referees.

The IHF Challenge Cup which ended on Friday was held at the Orlando Community Hall in Soweto and saw six regional countries participating namely: Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Lesotho and Mozambique.