The Zimbabwe national table tennis team will showcase their prowess after spending a month preparing for the Chinese Ambassador’s 2019 cup set for this Saturday morning in Harare.
In the build up to the 3rd edition of the table tennis extravaganza, the Zimbabwean team got a morale booster after receiving a kit from Chinese firm Huatai.
Brian Chamboko will be one of the top Zimbabwean players that will be vying for gold in the men’s singles while in the ladies category Ashley Dhlamini will be challenging for pole position after China’s Zhan Yang won the ladies singles title in 2017.
While Zimbabwe will be hoping to dominate, the Chinese team which is made up of players based in Zimbabwe is being modest in the run up to an event which is returning following a one-year sabbatical.
“we are happy to be associated with Zimbabwe table tennis and hope to continue contributing positively towards the development of the sport because Zimbabwe appears to be coming up,” said China Business Association Vice President, Lin Zheyong.
“I think China has done its best in terms of preparing for this event and I am confident players are in shape to showcase their talent as the Chinese community seeks to assist Zimbabwe become a top table tennis playing nation in Africa,” said Chinese team player, Xu Hong Guang.
The Chinese ambassador’s cup is part of a series of events being organised by the Chinese Embassy to commemorate the Asian nation’s 70th anniversary which will be marked by celebrations on the first of October 2019.
Zimbabwe and China boasts of a strong friendship which dates back to the pre-colonial era and table tennis is serving as a platform to strengthen ties between Zimbabwe and China.