Shelly Guni, Sports Reporter
. . . as Mambas wallop Ngezi
PROLIFIC goal-shooter Pauline Jani gave yet another reminder of what the Gems will be missing after her impressive 50 goals powered ZRP Mambas to a convincing 58-38 victory over Ngezi Platinum Queens in the Rainbow Amateur Netball League at the weekend.
Jani announced her shock retirement from international netball at the age of 30 following Zimbabwe’s senior national team historical appearance at the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England in which she guided the Gems to a commendable eighth place finish.
The decision by the talented tall goal-shooter to end a glittering 12-year international career is with no doubt a huge blow to the Gems before next month’s Africa Championship scheduled for Cape Town, South Africa from October 18-22.
The 30-year-old has been in imperious form since her return from the World Cup and Saturday she was at her usual best when she literally single-handedly destroyed Ngezi Platinum Queens with precision and accuracy which left many wondering why she is not coming out of retirement to provide the spark for the Gems.
And after her Player of the Match performance, Jani felt the experience she got from the World Cup is making her a better player each time she takes to the court.
“I can say my experience at the World Cup is helping me considering the games that I played but I also feel that my combination with my goal-attack (Gwekwe Sabina) is now working out well. In the past it was a bit difficult,” Jani said.
Jani credited her performance to her teammates as she stays among the favourites to win the Golden Hand Award at the end of the season.
“Our defence played well and also the shooting; we were on fire. All I can say is that my team played very well. Everyone maintained their position. We are now looking forward to the upcoming games,” she said.
“I think I have a chance to be amongst the golden hand finalists but it will go down to how I perform until the end. I think I need to score about 50 or more goals to be able to compete. The good thing is that I’m working hard to be at the top.”
Meanwhile, in other matches that were played over the weekend, ZDF Queens crushed Golden Valley 80-18 to maintain their winning streak in a match played at Harare Metropolitan Police.
ZDF’s Sharon Bwanali was named player of the match while Emma Chidziva was awarded golden hand award.
Correctional Queens defeated Glow Petroleum 37-46 to maintain their unbeaten run.
Correctional players Edna Nyamazha and Linda Nkorongo won player of the match and golden hand awards respectively.
Tenax Queens lost 39-45 to Platinum Queens and Platinum’s Chipo Shoko was named player of the match. Platinum Queens went on to record another 20-49 win over Mutare City yesterday and Platinum’s Nomagugu Makhalima was named player of the match with Lynnette Tanhira scooping the golden hand award.