The Zimbabwe Under-21 hockey teams’ failure to qualify for the Junior World Cup in India next year has been attributed to poor preparations.
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The teams returned home empty-handed having lost all their games in the qualifiers and finishing fifth on the log standings.
Hockey Association of Zimbabwe vice-president Humphrey Chigwedere said the team played well, but attributed the bad showing to poor planning on their part.
“Our preparations were not adequate and we faced strong teams. Some of the players had examinations and that affected the rhythm of the team,” Chigwedere said.
“I think the organisation was good on the administrative side. Technically the teams played well, especially the girls.”
Chigwedere believes a lot needs to be done as local hockey tries to find its feet.
“We need to reorganise ourselves and concentrate on development and keep scouting for talent.
“There is need for positive transformation at all levels and hopefully we can get back to those glory days.”
Both the men and women sides met tough opposition in the form of Kenya, Ghana, Egypt, Namibia and South Africa at the qualifiers.