Zambia-Japan Handball Friendly Match


     On Saturday, 3rd March 2018, the Handball Association of Zambia (HAZ) hosted Zambia-Japan Handball Friendly Match at Automotive Indoor Futsal Arena, Lusaka.
     HAZ planned the match in order to express its gratitude to Japan for their support on promoting handball in Zambia.
     The Japanese team consisting of members of JICA, Japanese NGOs and Japanese companies won against the Zambian team mainly formed by the executives of HAZ by 25-19.
     Around 150 people including young Zambian handball players and Japanese residents in and around Lusaka observed the match, loudly cheering both teams.
     At the event, HAZ President Victor Banda commended the friendly bilateral relationship between Zambia and Japan, and expressed his gratitude to the many members of the Japanese community for their support to promote handball in Zambia.
     Mr. Gibson Muyaule, Deputy Director of Sport of Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development, who represented its Permanent Secretary, thanked Japan for its support to various sport activities in Zambia, including handball.
     Ambassador Sobashima, referred to the support by a number of Japanese for promotion of handball in Zambia, expressed his hope that the Zambian handball team would qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, and said that to this end he would continue to cheer and support the Zambian handball team.
     To read the speech made by Ambassador Sobashima at this event, please click here.