THE Zimbabwe Under-21 women’s hockey team leaves for Brazil today for a three-day camp during which they will play friendly matches in preparation for the forthcoming fifth edition of the BDO Hockey Junior World Cup which kicks off in San
tiago, Chile, on September 14.
Zimbabwe will travel with a delegation of 23 comprising chef de mission Nelson Mawema, 18 players and four officials for the assignment where they will write their own piece of history by becoming the first local hockey side to play in a World Cup tournament.
The trailblazing Kumbirai Mundangepfupfu-coached team, who reached the finals after finishing second to South Africa at the Junior Women’s Africa Cup last year, will play two matches against the Brazilian national women’s sides before leaving for Santiago on September 12.
The team’s participation at the prestigious world event was until recently hanging in the balance after the cash-strapped Hockey Association of Zimbabwe failed to raise the required US$85 000 to foot accommodation and travel expenses. – Own Correspondent.