The country’s top three men’s teams as well as the women’s teams will be vying for top honours in the tourney.
Black Rhinos, Alience and Hard Shot battle it out in the men’s category while Black Panthers, Chipadze Queens and Black Rhinos collide for the top prize in the women’s category.
The Zimbabwe Handball Federation (ZHF) chief executive officer Amon Madzvamuse said they are looking forward to a good tournament which will provide a platform for national team players to improve their skills ahead of next year’s All-Africa Games in Mozambique.
“We do not have a national league running and this tournament serves to address that deficit,” said Madzvamuse. “We are looking forward to a very good tournament. It is the clash of the titans as we have chosen the best teams.”
There would be prizes at stake which include team prizes, the best attacker and the best winger in each of the two categories.
The handball federation has been on a countrywide talent search where they have selected 50 players to prepare for the All-Africa Games.
Most of the players will be taking part in the tournament next month as preparations for the continental showpiece gather momentum.
The game’s administration hopes to organise more tournaments locally aimed at benefiting the national team as they have set out a medal target.
Meanwhile, the handball federation will start running a league in March next year, divorcing from the mini-tournaments that have been the mainstay of the sport in recent years.
About the league, Madzvamuse said: “We have been inspired by the ever growing interest in the sport, both by the players and the sponsors, to consider running a national league. We are already tying up the loose ends and formalising our structures so that we can commence in March. We have been successful in finding sponsorship.”
As a way to continue generating interest in handball, ZHF will run schools tournaments.