Gems embark on talent identification ahead of World Cup


By Lawrence Trusida


THE Zimbabwe Senior Netball Team, the Gems have come up with a sound roadmap to qualify for the Netball World Cup slated for South Africa next year.

It was a largely successful world cup debut for the Gems who eventually finished the tournament ranked eighth.

However, the aftermath has not been so rosy with the team performing below par after struggling at the Pent Series and the Africa Cup held in October last year.

With that in mind, the teams’ management has decided to cast the net wider and attract more foreign-based players.

“We have started talent identification, so we have spread the news to other players outside Zimbabwe. We already have two coming from Australia, two from South Africa, three from England so we are almost good to go and we are looking for tall players locally who can compete with these stars,” said Zimbabwe Netball Association President, Leticia Chipandu.

The Gems will be holding week-long training camps every month, till the end of the year after securing friendly matches with continental powerhouses, Malawi and Uganda as well as other matches with European nations Ireland and Scotland.

Zimbabwe is currently ranked 12th in the World and will need to m