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Zimbabwe prepares for Africa Netball Championships

Story by Anashe Murombedzi

THE Zimbabwe Netball team, the Gems are gearing up for the Africa Netball Championships slated for Gaborone, Botswana from the 26th of this month to the 6th of December.

The Gems are now in the third week of preparations for the Africa Netball Cup with the team camped at Girls High in Harare.

The technical department is working with 22 players most of whom represented the country at the World Cup in August.

After a poor showing at the World Cup, head coach Ropafadzo Mutsauki is calling for more practice matches.

“I think as a nation we should be able to see the importance of preparations if we get possible chances to have friendly matches because if we start preparing towards the competitions, we will not be able to see areas that need serious attention and end up coming with the wrong formation but if there’s time, we will be able to compare and correct earlier,” said Mutsauki.

The 13th position out of 16 teams at the World Cup was a step backwards, hence the team is hoping to redeem lost pride at the Africa Netball Championships.

“As a team we are ready and we are doing well in our preparations but as a player, I feel we should work more on our ball passing and shooting accuracy so that during matches we will be able to own the match and go for good results,” said Gems goalkeeper, Elizabeth Mushore.

The 13th edition of the African Netball Championships will be held at the Botswana Indoor Sports Arena from the 26th of this month to the 6th of December.

Zimbabwe will face off with South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Ghana, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, and hosts Botswana.

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