THE Zimbabwe senior netball group’s bid to qualify for his or her second successive Netball World Cup has obtained an enormous increase following the signing of a sponsorship settlement between the Zimbabwe Netball Association and main grocery store retail chain Spar Zimbabwe.
Spar Zimbabwe’s help focusing on the nationwide netball group will see the Gems getting the much-needed help in the direction of their qualification journey already earnestly underway for the Cape Town 2023 Netball World Cup.
The Gems made historical past in 2019 by qualifying for the Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England, and had been ranked eighth on this maiden look beneath very tough situations.
They are within the operating as soon as once more for yet one more qualification and the help from Spar Zimbabwe is anticipated to spur the group to better heights.
The month-to-month funding from Spar Zimbabwe will go in the direction of the availability of making a high-performance surroundings for the Gems focusing on direct athlete help for equipment, camps and high-performance coaching help.
The sponsorship may even make sure the group has satisfactory preparations which embody a sequence of month-long camps, regional friendlies and regional rating tournaments resulting in the World Cup Qualifier set for August 20-27 in Pretoria, South Africa.
Spar Zimbabwe may even prolong their help to focusing on netball grassroots improvement within the nation’s communities to create hope for all.
The sponsorship for the Gems was made doable by the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee by the “Friends of ZOC Initiative”.
Spar Zimbabwe are a long-time companion of ZOC.
Spar Zimbabwe normal supervisor, Cypren Borerwe, stated: “Today’s partnership bears testament to our focus on the pillars of women, children and the promotion of a healthy and active lifestyle. We believe the Gems are role models for aspiring young sportspeople, and little children will soon look up to them as examples of how great things can come from very humble beginnings. The Gems are (now) a big brand in Zimbabwe and need and deserve all the support that they can get.”
Borerwe added: “The whole nation rallied and applauded the team back in 2019, and we are convinced that was only the beginning of their rise to fame. Sport is a powerful motivator and a true reflection of how we, as humans, are always better together.”
ZOC president, Thabani Gonye, whose organisation performed a key function in facilitating the sponsorship, stated they’ll strengthen and help ZINA’s administrative and technical experience on this initiative and past.
“Our role as an umbrella sporting body is to support and assist member National Federations and provide appropriate support for high performance. We are enabled to perform this important role by corporates who believe in our honesty cause and come on board to give the much-needed financial shot in the arm for the good of our sport,” stated Gonye.
ZINA president, Leticia Chipandu, stated her affiliation will put all their efforts to make sure the senior nationwide group qualifies for the Netball World Cup in South Africa in 2023.
“We will put our all to qualify the team for the World Cup hence we need all hands on the deck to see this through. We are excited the netball extravaganza will be held on the African continent by our own neighbours, South Africa. The Gems have to be present! We are grateful to Spar Zimbabwe for this support,” she stated.
The Gems will return to aggressive motion subsequent month once they participate on the Confederation of Southern African Netball Associations (COSANA) Cup in Malawi.
PROVISIONAL GEMS SQUAD
Claris Kwaramba (Platinum Queens), Priscilla Ndlovu (Platinum Queens), Chipo Shoko (Platinum Queens), Lynette Tanhira (Platinum Queens), Progress Moyo (Platinum Queens), Tanaka Makusha (Platinum Queens, Merjury Marumirofa (Ngezi Platinum), Sharon Bwanali (ZDF), Tafadzwa Matura (ZDF), Portia Miti (ZDF), Nicol Muzanenamo (Green Fuel), Mitchel Muzanenamo (Green Fuel), Marian Chiwawa (Masvingo City Stars), Rudo Simbi (Harare City), Jeminah Washeke (Harare City), Takadanaishe Zimusi (Harare City), Nobukhosi Ndlovu (Goldreef), Yeukai Chamba (Tornados Queens, South Africa).