By Anashe Murombedzi
THE Zimbabwe Netball team the Gems have qualified for the 2023 Netball World Cup after beating Zambia 59-41 to finish third at the Africa Netball World Cup qualifiers in Pretoria South Africa this Saturday.
It was a winner take all match as the Gems had to battle injuries against Zambia to secure a big victory against the neighbours.
“I want to give credit to the players, they were up to the task including Joyce Takayedza, because looking at the defence of Zambia she delivered well for the country at large and our defensive side they worked impressively, said Zimbabwe Netball Team Assistant Coach, Tatenda Shinya.
Vice captain Claris Kwaramba was named player of the match.
It shows that as team, Zimbabwe is going forward and we are not looking back. If we continue working hard we will improve our rankings,” she said.
Shifting to preparations for the World Cup, the Association is set to give attention to resources as a motivating factor for the Gems to yield positive results.
“Going forward, the area that needs urgent attention is resources is finance. We need to get our girls in camp where they are comfortable than what we had, we need to get something better with the help. Our government also has to chip in. We have seen the importance of partnering with cooperates and we appreciate Spar Zimbabwe for kitting the girls,” said Letitia Chipandu, Zimbabwe Netball Association president.
Zimbabwe and Malawi have joined Uganda and hosts South Africa for the journey to Cape Town for the 2023 Netball World Cup.