A 10-MEMBER Zambian bowling team is scheduled to enter camp on Friday to intensify training ahead of the prestigious international lawn bowls competitions, the African States Tournament (AST) billed for September 11 -19 in Lusaka.
Zambia Bowling Association (ZBA) general secretary Foster Banda said he was expecting Copperbelt-based players to join the other players in camp on Friday.
Banda said the tournament was getting closer and the team needed to intensify training to put up a good performance.
“The team is expected to camp for one week before the kick-off of the tournament. Our target is to win the gold medal especially that we are hosts,” she said.
Meanwhile, Banda said the association was on track in ensuring that the tournament was successfully hosted by Lusaka.
“We are on track in terms of the tournament preparations. The lawns are in shape and receiving continued maintenance,
“We have not yet met the targeted budget of K800, 000 but there have been promises from the corporate world. I am optimistic that nothing will derail Zambia from hosting this tournament,” she said.
She revealed that participating countries are expected to begin arriving on September 9 and all the teams will have a practise match two days on September 11.
Zambia will compete for the top prize against South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Malawi.
The men’s team comprises of Harry Musonda, Christie Kapata, Kevin Riddiford, Wesley Tembo and Alec Barcley, Roy Sichone, while Mildred Chasaya, Matimba Like, Rhoda Namposya, Foster Banda and Edah Mpezeni are in the women’s squad.-Supersports