AFTER a 50-26 loss against Ngezi Platinum, Queens over the weekend in their first fixture of the national Glow Petroleum-sponsored Rainbow Amateur Netball League (Ranl) — Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services newly-promoted side, Khami Queens remain upbeat despite suffering their first setback of the season.
Khami Queens coach Irvin Zimbizi said it was their first competition since 2017 and regardless of their loss against Ngezi they had a good game.
“The weekend game was more of a litmus test to us. The game pointed out the areas we need to correct and areas which need to be fine-tuned but generally, all my players played well.
“I was impressed even by the young players who were playing in the National League for the first time. They managed their nerves very well such that you could not tell that it was their first time in the National League.
“Of course, I’m not expecting to win the league title but as Khami Queens we are looking forward to competing and displaying respectable awesome netball,” said Zimbizi.
Zimbizi said it was not their first time to play in the league as they had been there for some time.
“We have been here before and we did extremely well in the Super League until ZPCS formed one big team, Correctional Queens in 2017 and three-quarters of our players were selected to be in the team.
“With the quarter of the remaining players we picked ourselves up and participated in the Zina Division One and in 2018 we then joined the Ranl family and we came second at the end of the 2018 season.
“Through hard work and determination, we came 1st at the end of 2019 season and subsequently got promoted to play in the elite league,” said Zimbizi.
A total of 10 games had been lined up across the country over the weekend but only six were played as Ranl were forced to cancel some of their matches following the last-minute withdrawal of Lusumbami and PPU because of sponsorship challenges.
Ranl Secretary General Moses Gukurume said all the newly promoted teams were given a rude awakening as they received some thrashing from the seasoned teams.
“Green fuels from Chisumbanje was beaten by ZDF, Green Buffaloes beaten by fellow Prison officers Tenax Queens while Khami succumbed to Ngezi Platinum Queens. It’s early days yet to talk about relegation, but the newly promoted teams like Khami need to up their game if they are to remain in the top-flight league,” said Gukurume.
The league which was supposed to run with 20 clubs, this season, remains with 18 after others pulled out.