Zimbabwe qualify for World Korfball Champs

Shelly Guni

Zimbabwe Korfball team will be playing at the World Korfball Championships to be held in Taipei China in October next year.

This comes after the team defeated rivals South Africa 14-12 in the finals of the All-Africa Korfball Championships held at the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Zambia.

The three day tournament started on Friday.

Zimbabwe opened their campaign with a 12-8 win over Zimbabwe team 2 on Friday, before surviving by a whisker against the hosts, Zambia on Saturday.

The match ended 14-13 and that saw the team qualifying for the final against South Africa.

The last time the team took part in the All Africa Korfball Championship was in 2018 when they hosted and secured silver medal.

The team lost 21-11 to eventual winners South Africa.

Korfball is a ball sport played by hand. It takes a few moments to learn, but a lifetime to perfect.

By passing and quick movement players must elude their personal opponents to shoot the ball through a korf – the Dutch word for basket. In the standard game, teams consist of eight players – four male and four female.

The korf is set in from the end of the playing area, enabling shots from 360 degrees. Players assume either attack or defence roles. After two goals, defenders and attackers switch – placing emphasis on the development of all-round skills: each player should be able to defend, attack, shoot and support his or her team-mates.

A player ‘defended’ by a personal opponent is not permitted to shoot, meaning quick shots, based on specific technique, are most effective.

Korfball is based on co-operation between players – dribbling and running with the ball are classed as ‘solo play’ and are outlawed. Although contact between players does occur in korfball, that contact is controlled – players may not gain advantage from contacting their opponents.

Korfball is played in Africa, America, Asia, Europe, Oceania (69 IKF members). IKF is member of SportAccord, ARISF, IWGA, WADA, & recognised by the IOC.

Korfball is the world’s only mixed team sport. Since its earliest development, korfball teams have consisted equally of male and female players. In all instances, from korfball’s foremost international athletes, to children in the playground, this is an activity where both sexes play together on completely even terms.

In play, korfballers only directly oppose members of their own sex, therefore the game is structured to dilute advantages of height, speed or strength that would otherwise make mixed team sport impossible to achieve with any degree of equality. As a mixed team sport, korfball creates a unique social environment. Like many sports, korfball provides participants and spectators a full range of intense emotion – doing so with and against team-mates and opponents of both sexes adds an extra dimension that no other sport can offer.

Zimbabwe was also represented in Zambia by two referees Synathia Mugurungi and Killion Pedzai who are officiating at the All-Africa Korfball Championships.

Meanwhile, Morocco already qualified after winning the IKF All-Africa Korfball Championship North-West South one month ago in Abidyan, Ivory Coast.

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