Girls High School from Zimbabwe has arrived. The G15 team is the first foreign team to arrive in Gothenburg. – I wish the tournament had started already tomorrow, says the player Alicia Mashonganyika.
The journey from Zimbabwe’s capital Harare to Gothenburg has been long. The trip started yesterday and they did not arrive in Sweden until Thursday afternoon. During the stopover in Frankfurt they went to the wrong gate at the airport and missed the connection to Gothenburg. But they managed to buy tickets for the next flight and everything was solved.
The girls in the G15 team and their coaches do not show any signs of fatigue at all when I meet them at the hotel in Kviberg where they stay until tomorrow when they attend a school.
– I’m glad to be here. I participated in Partille Cup last year as well. It’s a funny tournament and it’s fun to get to know new people, says Alicia Mashonganyika.
She also likes Gothenburg very much.
– It’s a beautiful city. The transports work well and I like the environment here, says 14-year-old.
The handball tradition is not very strong back home in Zimbabwe, but the sport is growing.
– Kids are playing handball at almost all schools now, says Alicia Mashonganyika.
She is involved in several sports at the same time. In addition to handball, she is active in basketball and swimming.
– But handball is the funniest sport! I like the fact that it’s a team sport where you have to cooperate.
Girls High School will complete several trainings before the Partille Cup begins.
– I think there’s a chance that we can win the tournament. We have worked hard. Our strengths are our shooting and our defense, she says.
Alicias highest dream is to become a handball pro.
– I might be a professional handball player in Sweden some day, she says with a big smile.
Text and photo: Eric Nilsson