Gems through to World Cup semifinals

By Anashe Murombedzi

THE Zimbabwe netball team, the Gems, are through to the semi-finals of the Africa Netball World Cup qualifiers after beating Tanzania 43-33 in Pretoria, South Africa this Wednesday.

The victory over Tanzania this Wednesday saw the Gems progressing to the semifinals with a game to spare.

Without their big star Joice Takaidza who started on the bench and fellow shooter Sharon Bwanali, the Gems did not show any signs of weakness as they romped to victory with a ten-point cushion.

“We have 12 players and all of them are equally good going into this game we were prepared because we knew this game was going to be tough and important for us to ensure that we progress to the semi-finals so we are happy the team did not disappoint, they gave their all and made us proud,” said Assistant coach Tatenda Shinya.

Wing attacker Beaular Hlungwane was all smiles after she was named player of the match.

“It was a tough game and we went into this match knowing that our opponents are a strong team so we had to play and fight as a team till we got this positive result,” she said.

Zimbabwe will face South Africa in the last group match which is now a battle for the top spot in group A.

The two sides will meet with South Africa at the top of the group courtesy of a better record in terms of points scored after the two nations won all their three group matches.

The Gems are likely to face Malawi in the semi-finals as they top group B.

The two top teams at the end of the tournament other than South Africa who have already qualified as hosts will make it to the World Cup.