Netball team leaves for Hong Kong

HARARE – The Zimbabwe netball team captain Perpetua Siyachitema said they are not taking the Hong Kong tri-nations tournament lightly as it will help them prepare for future competitive matches.

Speaking on the sidelines of a send-off ceremony ahead of the team’s scheduled departure today for the Asian nation, where they face the hosts and Malaysia, Siyachitema said they are geared to post positive results to help improve their world rankings.

“We are going to Hong Kong not for a holiday but to participate,” Siyachitema said.

“To us it’s an important tournament because if we do well it will help us on the international rankings as well as gauge ourselves against competitive sides in the world.

“We have been practicing for this tour and we are now ready and looking forward to positive results. I am very confident we can make it especially looking at the amount of work that the girls have been putting at work.”

The tournament kicks off on Thursday and will run until March 19.

Sports and Recreation Commission chairperson Edward Siwela challenged the girls to utilise a rare opportunity afforded to them.

“This is an important development in the history of netball since independence as the sport has never participated at such a trans-continental tournament,” Siwela said.

“The visit also presents you with an opportunity to establish long lasting and mutual relationships...we wish you a safe journey and ...success.”

Travelling Team: Perpetua Siyachitema (capt), Mercy Mukwadi, Pauline Jani, Fellista Kwangwa, Tafadzwa Mawango, Victoria Nkomo, Patience Mauladi, Paidamoyo Tinoza, Sanele Ncube, Tatenda Dziva

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