The U18 Zambia male hockey team which was camped at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) through the support of the National Olympic Committee of Zambia (NOCZ) has left for Algiers, Algeria ahead of the African Youth Games slated for 18th to 28th July, 2018.
The team of nine players who have been in camp for three weeks is accompanied by one Coach Samuel Tagwireyi and team manager Floyd Chomba.
The games will be used as qualifiers for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games to be hosted in Buenos Aires, Argentina between 6th and 18th October.
The team was seen off by Olympic Youth Development Centre Director Dr. Fredrick Chitangala, who encouraged the boys to mint medals and subsequently qualify for the Summer Youth Olympic Games.
Dr. Chitangala, reminded the players that they were not travelling to Algeria for a vacation but for competitive games which must be taken seriously if they are to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games.
Meanwhile, Team manager Floyd Chomba, disclosed that the team is ready for the games and in high spirits to win the matches.
He added that his mission is to see the team qualify for the most anticipated Summer Youth Olympic Games in Argentina.
The team has been placed in Group B and will meet Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria.