Shelly Guni, Sports Reporter
LUSUMBAMI Queens chairperson Thembinkosi Muremba is hoping his club would soon secure sponsorship to avoid more embarrassments in the Rainbow Amateur Netball League (RANL).
The Hwange-based side suffered a humiliating 150-4 defeat at the hands of fired-up Platinum Queens at the weekend, something Muremba attributed to lack of motivation for his players as they have no sponsorship to care of the players’ needs.
This latest defeat came hard at the back of another huge defeat the previous weekend in which they lost to Goldreef 91-6.
Apparently, Lusumbami Queens had withdrawn from the league citing lack of sponsorship only to make a U-turn after engaging some corporates, who promised to bail them out from this quagmire.
And with things seemed to be on a low downward trajectory, Muremba is now hoping the prospective sponsors will at least unveil something to save the situation.
“We lost to a very good side. Our levels are just different. They outclassed us in every part, they utilised all their chances,” Muremba said.
“But I think people should know that there are a number of things that contributed to the huge defeat. It’s not a secret that as a club we are struggling financially. Passion is driving us to keep playing using the little that we have.
“With some bit of sponsorship, I know we can do well and our only hope is that corporate partners will chip in and save us from this. As it stands, it’s difficult for players, there is no motivation and it’s hard for them to perform to their full potential.”
Due to lack of sponsorship, Lusumbami lost quite a number of their senior players to their more fancied opponents in the league. And at the weekend the team fielded only six players for the entire match as they are struggling to come up with a team.
“We lost more than half of our players from last season. So far, I only have nine players hoping to add five more players during the mid-season transfer period,” Muremba said.
“We felt it doesn’t make sense to lose both our position in the league after failing to attract buyer of our franchise thus we decided to hold in there. We are surviving on shoestring budget for instance the fuel we used to travel to Zvishavane was given to us by Mr Chinhara and we are really grateful.
“We call upon the Hwange community to support us as well. Currently, this team is the only sports team participating in a National League after the Hwange FC was relegated from the Premier Soccer League last season.
“Every dollar counts and we will account for every donation that come our way. We just want to help build something strong for the Hwange Community. To those willing to contribute to the team can also do so via Ecocash. 0773684975 Andile Mabaya who is the team managers.”