Zina in WC selection U-turn

The Zimbabwe Netball Association (Zina) has made a U-turn on earlier threats to bar those playing in the Rainbow Amateur Netball League (Ranl) from the Gems’ 2019 World Cup campaign in Liverpool, UK in July.

Last month, Zina wrote to the clubs advising players to stay clear of Ranl or risk not being selected in the national team for the forthcoming global showpiece. “The Zimbabwe Netball Association once again writes to advise and appeal to you that the Rainbow Amateur Netball League is unsanctioned and unregistered by Zina, Sports and Recreation Commission and ministry of Sports,” wrote Zina.

“Zina, therefore, requests you not to participate in any activities initiated by this league. Players from this league are not eligible to participate in any national team duties.” However, it came as a surprise when Zina named the Gems training squad for the World Cup with the bulk of the players coming from Ranl.

At least 15 of the 22 players called in camp by head coach Lloyd Makunde ply their trade in the Ranl while of  the remaining seven, five play in the Zina-run Super League while the other two are play varsity sport in neighbouring South Africa.

Correctional Queens, winners of the inaugural Ranl, have provided four players in defender Felistus Kwangwa, mid court duo of Lorraine Manjoro and Ndaizivei Madzikangava as well as shooter Tafadzwa Mawango.

Youthful Platinum Queens, who finished in third position, weighed in with three players; defenders Sharleen Makusha and Claris Kwaramba as well as shooter Progress Moyo, who was the Ranl Player of the Season last year.

New girls, ZRP Queens (Mambas) ,who have since crossed the floor to join Ranl, also have three players in the squad; defenders Cynthia Gamuchirai and Chriscencia Banda together with shooter Pauline Jani.

Second-placed Glow Petroleum will be represented by mid court duo of national team captain Perpetua Siyachitema and Paidamoyo Tinoza. Zimbabwe Defence Forces, who finished fourth last season, also have two players called in the squad in mid court Patricia Mauladi and shooter Mercy Mukwadi.

Black Rhinos defender Stembile Chitiva and Mutare City’s Cynthia Matondo are the other two players from Ranl.

From the Super League, Harare City have three players in the squad - defender Rudo Karume, shooters Sharon Bwanali and Ursula Ndlovu. Ngezi Platinum provided defender Lizzy Kanyekwere while Lupane State University are represented by shooter Beauty Sithole.
The two foreign-based players are defender Panashe Chiranga of Wits University and Mixers Netball Club of South Africa defender Tatenda Dziva.
Gems squad;
Defenders:  Felisitus Kwangwa (Correctional Queens), Rudo Karume (Harare City), Crescenxia Banda, Cynthia Gamuchirai (Mambas Queens), Sharleen Makusha (Platinum Queens), Lizzy Kanyekwere (Ngezi Platinum), Tatenda Dziva (Mixers Netball Club, SA), Cynthia Matondo (Mutare City), Stembile Chitiva (Black Rhinos), Panashe Chiranga (Wits University, SA)
Mid Court: Paidamoyo Tinoza, Perpetua Siyachitema (Glow), Ndaizivei Madzikangava, Lorraine Manjoro (Correctional Queens), Patricia Mauladi (ZDF Queens), Claris Kwaramba (Platinum Queens)
Shooters: Pauline Jani (Mambas Queens), Ursula Ndlovu, Sharon Bwanali (Harare City), Mercy Mukwadi (ZDF Queens), Tafadzwa Mawango (Correctional Queens), Progress Moyo (Platinum Queens), Beauty Sithole (Lupane State University).

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