Econet bails out Gems

© ECONET Wireless and diversified group, Cassava Smartech are now the main sponsors of the World Cup-bound Zimbabwe netball team after unveiling a sponsorship package worth RTGS$425 000 yesterday.

The mobile telecommunications giant handed over a cheque of RTGS$225 000 while Cassava Smartech, an organisation with a mandate to use digital solutions to drive socio-economic development and to improve the overall quality of life for all African people, chipped in with RTGS$200 000.

The Gems are scheduled to leave for the Vitality Netball World Cup on July 4 for the tournament to be held in Liverpool, England.  
Zimbabwe are in Group A where they will meet Sri Lanka in their first game on July 12. The other teams in the group are number one ranked side Australia, Northern Ireland (8) and Sri Lanka (20) while the Gems are ranked 13th.

Gems captain Perpetua Siyachitema said the team is now inspired to conquer the world in Liverpool after the coming on board of Econet and Cassava Smartech. “On behalf of the Gems, who are battling hard in camp, I would like to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts to Econet Wireless for partnering with us. The girls are fired up and ready to conquer in England,” Siyachitema said.

“With Econet now on board, we know we will never walk alone like they say in Liverpool. Econet inspired to change the world and we are inspired to change millions of Zimbabwean girls’ lives through netball.”

Zimbabwe Netball Association president Leticia Chipandu welcomed the two entities for believing in the Gems brand. “I’m representing goals and wishes. I’m representing achievements through sweat, blood and tears of women in trying to make it in life.

“I want to say to Econet and all the others who have joined hands to support the Gems, that they have got a very big heart. “A lot of people saw the video, a lot of people heard about the Gems but they were not moved at all.

I want to thank Econet and your partners for coming on board to support the Gems…you are practical, you are realistic. In life we want to achieve goals and you are making our goals achievable.”

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