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In-house politics cost Zimbabwe's Gems

by Daniel Itai at the Bellville Velodrome in Cape Town
20 Oct 2019 at 23:39hrs | Views
Zimbabwe's senior netball team, the "Gems" started off their campaign of the 2019 African Netball Championships on a low note. Yesterday they lost their opening game to the She Cranes of Uganda, 60 - 0 and earlier on today lost to the Proteas of South Africa, 69 - 39.

The Gems failed to show up for their opening match against the She Cranes which ultimately resulted in them getting their points docked.

However, Netball Association Zimbabwe communications officer Maimba Mapuranga, refuted the claims that the Zimbabwe national team had lost to Uganda due to their absenteeism, "the game has been re-scheduled for both teams, we are very grateful to the African Netball Association for understanding our situation and Uganda for agreeing to this debt restructuring."

The statement by Mapuranga is in contrast with Sam Mpoza the She Cranes media officer who said that, "Uganda got two points and sixty goals from a walkover against Zimbabwe."

To further complicate the whole scenario, in the upcoming fixtures of the Netball tourney, the "rescheduled" match is not part of the program.

A couple of days ago Lloyd Makunde was reportedly sacked as head coach which Mapuranga denied, "Coach Lloyd is still head coach of the Gems, he is participating in a coaching elite program, Ropafadzo Mutsauki will lead the team and we firmly believe that he will make us proud."

The late arrival of the Gems was also partially caused by Air Zimbabwe's sole airline which is not comprehensive enough to cover a lot of destinations.

Tomorrow Zimbabwe will go head to head with Kenya at 10h00 afterwards they will face Lesotho at 18h00 which will also be the last game of the day.

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