Zimbabwe Netball team, the Gems were walked over in their first Africa Netball Cup encounter against Uganda in Cape Town, South Africa this Friday after they failed to arrive in time for the match.
The Zimbabwe Netball Association (ZINA) had earlier requested that the match be rescheduled to 8 pm this Friday after the team failed to travel on time for the initial kick-off which was set for 8 am.
ZINA tried to have the match postponed again to the end of the tournament but the officials declined the request after Uganda vehemently refused to accept another postponement.
The Gems are expected to arrive in Cape Town around 2135, more than an hour after the rescheduled kick-off time.
The Gems could not have even gone to the tournament due to financial constraints were it not of National Foods who unveiled a sponsorship package of $250 000 for the team’s travel, accommodation and allowances.
The Gemswho travelled with an assistant coach after the first coach, Lloyd Makunde was fired under unclear circumstances, are facing the hosts, South Africa, at midday this Saturday.
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