By Lawrence Trusida, Sport Editor
THE Zimbabwe senior national netball team, the Gems ended their Confederation of Southern Africa Netball Association (COSANA), tri-nations games with a 45-41 victory over Namibia who have slowly turned into a bogey side.
The Gems, who have been using the COSANA tri-nations games against Malawi and Namibia to assess the team ahead of the Netball World Cup Qualifiers slated for Cape Town in August have been left with much to ponder after subdued performances from the team.
The Gems managed to pick up two victories in six matches as they fine-tune their squad.
The team started the tournament on a high note as they beat Namibia 48-36 before falling to the same opponents the following day 38-34.
Zimbabwe then took on a much-changed Malawi side and fell 23-45 before a slight improvement in their reverse fixture against the African heavyweights saw them go down 47 – 35.
Malawi brought back the big players for their last match against the Gems and the gulf in class was evident as the hosts ran away 63-34 winners against the Gems.
The Gems got a face saver in their final match after edging Namibia 45-41 in a close match.
The Gems are now scheduled to play friendly games in Manchester, England against four European nations before making their way to Cape Town, South Africa for the World Cup Qualifiers.
Having brought back experience in Tafadzwa Mawanga, Ursulla Ndlovu and Tanaka Makusha, the team needs to quickly find its footing as to make it to back to back World Cups, after featuring in the 2019 edition.
Captain Felisitus Kwangwa is expected to join her national team-mates soon, while two other unnamed Australian based players are set to be called for camp.