MUKWIMA CHILALA writes
The Zambia Handball National Team this afternoon opens its account at the 2020 IHF Africa Cup in Tunisia as the team plays Algeria in its opening fixture of the tournament.
The Zambia men’s team plays Algeria in the opening fixture slated for 12: 00 hours local time having arrived in Tunis yesterday.
It is the first time the Zambian team are competing at the tournament having qualified as the only team from Southern African after it emerged champions of the region VI competition held in Zambia last year.
The team will be aiming to brighten their prospects of a historical qualification to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by winning their first game this afternoon.
A win for Zambia will give the team a head start to the tournament that is also a qualifying competition for the World Cup and the Olympics to be held in 2020 and 2021 respectively.
A top three finish for Zambia will guarantee the team qualification to the Olympics in Tokyo later this year while a top seven finish sees the team through to the 2021 World Cup to be held in Egypt.
And Handball Association of Zambia (HAZ) was confident of the team’s passage to the both the World Cup and Olympics in which the team had never qualified.
Zambia plays its second game against Morocco tomorrow (Friday) and later a tie against Congo on January 19.
The 2020 African Men’s Handball Championship will be the 24th edition of the championship and it will be held from 16 to 26 January 2020 in Tunisia.