Collin Matiza Sports Editor
WHO said Zimbabwean football players are the only local athletes who are invited for trials with European clubs? Young Zimbabwean handball player Tineyi Kadema (19) is about to break this myth after he was recently afforded a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of playing for a professional side in Germany. Kadema, who is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa, has been invited for trials in Germany by SG H2Ku Herrenberg from April to May this year.
The SG H2Ku Herrenberg is a syndicate of three German handball teams.
Infact, in 1990, a syndicate from the players of the TV Haslach was formed in the form of 1930 eV and the HSV Oberjesingen-Kuppingen eV stars in the youth handball field.
The youth team was a model of success and in 1993 was finally together with the handball division VfL Herrenberg eV SG Haslach Herrenberg Kuppingen-Oberjesingen GbR founded.
With approximately 1 300 members, the gaming community was renamed in June 2011 to SG H2Ku Herrenberg.
The SG of the Gäu is also successful in the men’s, women’s and youth handball. There are over 600 members in the youth field who are actively involved in playing handball.
And after he got befriended with some handball players from Herrenberg during their Bora Bola project in Cape Town in November last year, Kadema was invited to undergo a month-long trial period with this top German club, starting from April 5 to May 6 this year.
According to Silvia Egenter, a member of SG H2Ku Herrenberg, the club will pay for Kadema’s all expenses, including accommodation and food, during his one-month stay in Germany.
ln an invitation letter sent to Kadema by Egenter, dated January 8, 2016, SG H2Ku Herrenberg indicated that the young Zimbabwean player only has to meet his travel expenses from Zimbabwe to Germany. And an excited Kadema told The Herald from his base in Cape Town yesterday he has managed to raise $600 and was looking for an additional $500 for his airfares to Germany.
“I’m supposed to travel back to Zimbabwe at the end of February to apply for my German visa in Harare and I’m hoping the Zimbabwe Handball Federation and some well-wishers will come to my rescue and help me to raise the airfares for my trip to Germany.
“This is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to realise my dream or dreams of playing professional handball in Europe, especially in Germany which is not only one of the major powerhouses of the sport in Europe but in the whole world.
“I’m really excited about this whole thing because I don’t remember any player from Zimbabwe, let alone from Africa, being invited for trials with one of the top handball clubs in Germany . . . I think this is a historic moment for me and Zimbabwe as well,” Kadema said.
A left-half player, Kadema started playing handball at Zengeza 4 High School in Chitungwiza before he moved to Churchill Boys High School in Harare where he continued to play the sport under one of the country’s top coaches and officials, Innocent Kanosvova.
Kadema also played handball for one of the country’s top clubs, Top Stars Alliance, before he moved to South Africa in December 2014 and is currently playing for Cape Town Stars, which is also the home of a number of players from Zimbabwe. And now Kadema is set to ply his trade in Germany, thanks to SG H2Ku Herrenberg whose men’s first team play in the German Bundesliga’s Third League and ended the 2014-15 season in 10th place.