The Zimbabwe Junior Golf Association (ZJGA) boys and girls U18 teams have stepped up preparations for the hosting of the prestigious All Africa Junior Golf Challenge at the Royal Harare Golf Club beginning next week.

The All Africa Junior Golf Challenge will see top junior golfers go head to head for a place at the prestigious annual Toyota World Junior Golf Championships in Japan later this year.

The tournament will be held at the Royal Harare Golf Club from the 26th until the 31st of this month in the capital.

In an interview with the ZBC News in the capital, ZJGA team manager Simon Chigorimbo says 12 countries have already confirmed their participation at the All Africa Junior Golf Championships of which four are girls teams who will be competing for the first time.

From the team that participated last year, top amateur and junior David Amm who is leading the rankings is likely to lead the Zimbabwe team with Justin Kirsten from Bulawayo.

The girls will include top junior sportswoman Danielle Bekker, Emily Jones and Margaret Nyamukondiwa among others.

Among the countries expected at the tournament include Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Rwanda,Zambia, Muaritius, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt and South Africa.

Last year the tournament was held in Tunisia and South Africa were the winners while Zimbabwe qualified for the World Junior Golf Championships in Japan as runners up.