Shelly Guni, Sports Reporter
Ngezi Platinum Queens player Sonia ‘Soso’ Chari says nothing can stop her from achieving her goals.
Chari who has been criticised for hoping from one team to another in the netball league said the passion drives her to the top.
“People play netball for different reason, some play for fun, some for money others for firm but I play netball because its my passion,” she told H-Metro.
Chari continues: ” I don’t see myself as a very talented person, but what I know is I am passionate about netball hence the reason why I try and make sure I get a place in those big teams because that’s where I get competition and improve my skills.”
“People must know the the motive behind why people do the way the do, they should ask themselves why i dont join trams like Shamva or Golden Valley. The reason is I’m aiming higher and I won’t stop until i reach my goal,” she said.
The aggressive wing-defence player however believes she is not far from reaching that goal.
Chari started her netball journey in 2014 under DZ Queens which was in Division Two.
She later joined Harare City Queens under the then coach, Patrick Dovi in Division one.
In 2016 she made her debut appearance in the Super League under Ngezi Platinum Queens which was being led by Ruth Banda before she moved to Beta Queens the following year under Tatenda Shinya.
Last year she played for Glow Petroleum for the first half of the season before joining her current team now Ngezi Platinum but before that, in 2018 Chari played for the Zvishavane based Platinum Queens in which is under Simbarashe Mlambo.
Chari is however grateful to her current coach, Tatenda Shinya whom she believes has made her a better netball player as well as helping her changing her attitude.
“Every athlete needs a serious and committed trainer for him or her to be successful.
“I have committed to Ngezi this season because i believe in the man who is leading the team. For me to be where I am today’s its because of coach Tatenda Shinya aka Ninja and coach Takawira Kanyayi.
“These two changed and transformed me from a very talkative Sonia to be who I am today.
“When everyone else despised me, they stood by my side and kept on pushing me to where I am today.
“I believe coach Ninja since he is my mentor has more to bring out of me.”
Chari went on to admit that she misses netball.
The Rainbow Amateur Netball League was suspended following the outbreak of Covid-19.
“Words alone can’t express how much i miss netball. It is my life and my passion so for me to stay this long without my best half is very difficult. I am really worried.
“Before lockdown, we had only olayed two games both away. If im to rate my self from those two games I can say i played better than the last three games of 2019,” she said.
Chari said she is utilising this current national lockdown to make herself better.
“I am working hard so that when the season resumes I must be on another level. I dont want to let myself down this season and I believe practice makes perfect. I’m doing my best to stay fit. I know hard work will never go to waste.”
She went on to urge her fellow players to utilise the lockdown.
“To my fellow athletes, lets traind during this lockdown because when the league finally resumes, things wjll be different everyone want the title so lets work so that you dont get to be surprised.”
Ngezi Platinum Queens finished fouth last season despite a slow start. This year the coach Tatenda Shinya had shown his ambition to lift the championships before the Coronavirus pandemic put a halt on sporting activities.
However, low risk sporting activities have been given the greenlight to start their sessions giving hope to all other disciplines.