The Zimbabwe Water polo Girls squad will face South Africa in a battle for the sole remaining spot at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships that are set to take place later this year in Madrid, Spain.
Neighbours – South Africa and Zimbabwe – will take part in a three-match Test series from March 13 to 16 at St John’s College in Johannesburg, with the winner of the series earning the remaining spot reserved for Africa in Group A. The other spots in Group A have been taken up by USA, Germany and Hungary.
Both the Zimbabwe and South Africa water polo teams took part in the previous championships that were held in Perth, Australia with South Africa placing 11th while their counterparts finished 14th. Taking that fact into account hands Zimbabwe the underdogs tag going into the series. Playing away from home doesn’t better their case either. We will however, take comfort in knowing that the girls parents are fully supportive and we can bet that at least half of them will travel with the team down south.
SSN managed to get hold of the Zimbabwe girls’ coach Brendon Brider, and he confirmed that his team are definitely the underdogs but reiterated that they are not travelling to South Africa to just fulfil a fixture. “If we have 13 girls in a polo squad and they also have 13 girls then I believe we have an equal chance of going forward,” Brider told SSN.
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Playing at the back Sarah Gentleman will captain the Zimbabwe girls and we believe she too is hoping for a good outing at St John’s College.
Kit presentation for the team will take place at Chisipite Senior School this Saturday (March 8) evening.