Zimbabwe is in camp ahead of the All Africa Golf Championship set for Victoria Falls in October.
Coach Roger Bellis is down to serious business as he takes the team through training for the championships at Elephant hills from the 8th to the 14th.
David Amm is part of the team along with Rasheed Mohamed, Tonderai Masunga and Tatenda Makunde. However, defending champions South Africa go in as favourites.
And only a long camping periods, and home course factor could be a factor to give Zimbabwe a chance.
“The All Africa Golf Team Championship draw is near. Elephant Hills course team is working flat out to bring course to championship state. Amm and Muhamed can only make the afternoon sessions because of school and work commitments respectively,” Zimbabwe Golf Association secretary general Clever Lazarus confirmed. Amm could be high in confidence after he won the Hilside Masters while Tatenda Makunde also did a great favour for himself by finishing second.
While everything seems on course, the team still needs more financial support to be at their best.
“If possible we want our team to acclimatise for two weeks maximum before the championships,” he added. About 20 countries are expected to take part. And with South Africa naming a strong squad, Zimbabwe cannot leave it to chance.
“Malawi pulled out and their slot has been taken by Ethiopia. So the participating teams remain 20 including Zimbabwe .”
“The SA team includes Garrick Hugo who is highly ranked in the world. Matt Sualez is also highly ranked in Europe Amateur Golf winner of KZN, Leopard Creek and Western Amateur also in SA team plus Malcolm Mitchell and Clayton Mansfield.
“Zim team though is not scared of these good players and is destined to take Africa on.” After the team announcement at the Royal Harare Golf Club, ZGA vice president Martin Chikwana said it was a tough selection process.
“We have seen some amazing performances in the tournaments they have been taking part of late.
“The players have shown that they can stand up and that they can be tough and we’re going to need that,” he said.
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