Zimbabwe Netball Association (Zina) president, Leticia Chipandu has appealed to the International Netball Federation to reschedule Zimbabwe Gems’ Africa Netball Cup 8pm opening match against Uganda as the team will only arrive in Cape Town at 9pm.
Zimbabwe was supposed to take on Uganda at 8 am Friday and the match was postponed to 8 pm to accommodate the financially troubled southern African team.
ZINA spokesperson, Maimba Mauranga revealed this Thursday that the Gems are expected to arrive in Cape Town around 9 pm after they departed on Friday at 11 am on Air Zimbabwe to Johannesburg where they will connect to Cape Town. Mapuranga added:
The Zimbabwe Netball Association president Mrs Chipandu has made the African Netball Association aware of this and consequently The Zimbabwe vs Uganda game has been rescheduled to the last game for both teams in the tournament.
Ironically, Netball South Africa released a statement Friday morning alerting the Zimbabwe Gems will be playing Uganda at 8pm Friday night in Cape Town putting paid to Zina claims.
The trip could have been called off were it not of the National Foods who donated Z$250 000 (about US$15,000) for flights, kits, bags, and upkeep of team members.