Zim netball team eye Africa championships

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Zim netball team eye Africa championships

 

Sports Reporter 

Harare - Zimbabwe Netball Association president Leticia Chipandu has rallied the Zimbabwe senior team, the Gems, to do well in the forthcoming Africa Netball Championships to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, next week. 

The Gems wrote a remarkable tale during the Netball World Cup held two months ago in Liverpool, England. 

They defied the odds to finish the tournament in eighth place. 

Sports discussions in Zimbabwe at the moment now zero much on the Gems. 

And they will be out to prove their World Cup intriguing story was no fluke. 

Chipandu expressed confidence the Ropa Mutsauki-coached girls will do well. 

She said this tournament was a chance for the Gems to prove they are made of stuff good enough to conquer. 

"This is another platform for us to prove our mettle. We were at the World Cup in Liverpool, England, in the winter where we did well, defying some odds to finish the tournament strongly and we can do even better in South Africa," said Chipandu. 

"We have already begun preparing for the tournament and we are confident the girls will be equal to the task. The game is revolving and one cannot really rule out any team. Everything has changed. The ways and methods of training have become so sophisticated and other players grasp this well. 

"But, we have to go all out to win this tournament. We are a growing netball nation and we have to show that at this stage." 

Mutsauki said the team was ready for the challenge. 

"We are more or less using the same team which did duty for us in England during the World Cup. That group now understands what it means to play for the national team. They now understand each other well. They play with more cohesion and spirit. It is my hope that the team gives us their all and possibly win the tournament or finish on stronger terms," said Mutsauki. 

"What we just need to do is built from our World Cup story." 

Zimbabwe are set to take on Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania in Pool B while Pool A is made up of South Africa, Malawi, Zambia and Lesotho. 

 

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