The IKF All-Africa Korfball Championship South 2022 has finished and the last decisive match between South Africa and Zimbabwe ended 12-14 in favour of Zimbabwe, who becomes the champion of this exciting 3-day event and most importantly, qualifies to play the next IKF World korfball Championship 2023 in Taipei for the 2nd time in history. In 2019, Zimbabwe also qualified for the IKF WKC 2019, but declined participation.
South Africa who were the African defending champions were favourites going into the final, but Zimbabwe put up a spirited performance to upset the odds. Zimbabwe coach Innocent Kanosvava said team work help them to accomplish their mission against a formidable South Africa.
“It wasn’t an easy game because South Africa have been the champions since 2006, so we were playing with more experienced players, but I had faith in my team,” Kanosvava said. “I give credit to my team because they played according to the plan we had since we started preparing for this tournament. It’s not the experience that matters, but team work made us win.” © ZimSports Connect
Zimbabwe and Morocco, who qualified after winning the IKF All-Africa Korfball Championship North-West South one month ago in Abidyan (Ivory Coast), are the two African countries that will compete in next year’s WKC in Taipei, together with 22 other countries from the other continents.
The city of Lusaka in Zambia hosted from 11 to 13 November this second African qualifying event. The National teams of Zimbabwe, South Africa and Zambia competed during three intense and exciting days to finish in first place and qualify for the IKF World Korfball Championship 2023.
UPDATED RESULTS AND FINAL RANKING (after Day 3):
1st place: Zimbabwe (6 pts – 2/0) – Qualifies to play the IKF WKC 2023
2nd place: South Africa (3 pts – 1/1)
3rd place: Zambia (0 pts – 0/2)
4th place: Zimbabwe Filchrist (out of competition)
*Due to the late withdrawal of Malawi, a 2nd team from Zimbabwe played out of competition replacing this country.
**See below for match reviews and daily image galleries
Daily results, videos*, scorers and ranking are available on worldkorfball.sport website: click here
This event was organised by the International Korfball Federation and hosted by the Korfball Federation of Zambia.
DAY 3 REVIEWS, GAMES & IMAGE GALLERY
GAME 6: SOUTH AFRICA – ZIMBABWE (12-14)
Zimbabwe becomes the champion of this tournament after winning South Africa in today’s last final match, and qualifies for the 1st time in history to play next year’s IKF World Korfball Championship 2023 in Taipei.
GAME 5: ZAMBIA – ZIM2 Filchrist (5-4 Golden Goal)
A golden goal decided this last game, that was Zambia’s 1st win in this championship.
DAY 2 REVIEWS, GAMES & IMAGE GALLERY
GAME 4: ZAMBIA – ZIMBABWE (12-13)
The second match between Zambia and Zimbabwe was tense but sportive (just 4 penalties were given). In the first quarter Zambia was more accurate with the scores (5-3), but in the second and third quarter the Zimbabwean squad was mostly on the good side of the score, but still close. In the third quarter, the score difference was never more than 1. Four minutes before the end of the game, Chris Tembo scored 13-13 with a penalty shot. With two and a half minute to go, Tafara Muzvidziwa (ZIM) scored the decisive goal (13-14), and the missed penalty by Zimbabwe was not important anymore.
Tomorrow’s final match between South Africa and Zimbabwe will be decisive to know which team raises this tournament’s trophy and qualifies for the next IKF World Korfball Championship 2023 in Taipei.
GAME 3: ZIM2 Filchrist – SOUTH AFRICA (11-13)
In the first match between ZIM2 Filchrist and South Africa, Filchrist took the lead in the first quarter, but South Africa already had repaired that at the end of that quarter (4-4). The second and the third quarter South Africa took the lead (6-12), but last quarter ZIM2 Filchrist came strongly back at 46 seconds before the end of the match, scoring the 11-12. Danie Smith (RSA) answered directly and secured the win for South Africa with his third goal in this match (11-13).
DAY 1 REVIEWS, GAMES & IMAGE GALLERY
GAME 2: ZAMBIA – SOUTH AFRICA (12-13)
The second match between Zambia and South Africa was a real thriller. Both teams were eager to win and played with temperament and searched what physical play was accepted by the referees. During the whole match the teams kept close to each other, just twice the difference in score was 3 in favour of Zambia and finishing the 1st half 5-5. Zambia was leading during the whole match, but in the last 3 minutes, South Africa was able to change the situation, and after an incredible comeback, achieved the victory by a short 12-13, and forgetting the previous 5 missed penalties.
GAME 1: ZIM 2 Filchrist KC – ZIMBABWE (8-12)
The first match of this IKF AAKC South faced ZIM 2 Filchrist KC and Zimbabwe. Until half time, both teams were equal, very enthousiastic and performing fast play. The score of 6-6 at half time was a fare result for both teams. During the second half, the national squad of Zimbabwe was more accurate in scoring and was able to won the match by 8-12.
PRE-EVENT ACTIVITIES & CLINICS
The previous days before the tournament’s start, several clinics for referees and jury officers were taking place in Lusaka. Fifteen participants from Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Malawi were preparing to act as officials at this IKF All-Africa Korfball Championship South 2022. For referees, the duo-refereeing was new. The new roles, communication and positioning are the main topics for them. Talks about the rules and roundtable discussions were also taking place.
Each day there were 2 sessions where all of them participate, as during the event jury and referees will be working as a team. Each session ends with one hour practical match.
HOW TO FOLLOW
The official profiles of IKF Africa on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will tried to provide as much images, videos and information as possible from this tournament.
The videos of all games were uploaded as soon as possible to IKF Africa Youtube channel, and also shared on IKF main channels.
All teams, participants and fans could join the conversation and share their content and support using the hashtag #AAKC2022 and #korfball.
IKF Africa profiles – @IKFafrica:
IKF Official profiles:
Event info: https://korfball.sport/?p=26711