Darlington Gatsi, Sports Reporter
Rainball Amateur Netball League (RANL) is targeting the weekend of October 2 to 3 for the return of netball after more than a year of hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sporting activities were given a greenlight to resume under strict Covid-19 regulations by the Sports and Recreation Commission early September.
RANL Secretary General, Moses Gukurume, said netball will bounce back through a mini league tourney.
“We are very excited by the news that we can now start playing netball and that the greenlight has been given for the sports codes to start paying their different sports. As RANL we have started planning. We had put our plans on hold due to the fact that there were Covid-19 restrictions.
“We have intensified our plans; we intend to run a tournament on the 2nd or 3rd of October depending on the number of teams that we are going to assemble because we have got a lot of teams that are showing interest to play in the tournament. We are going to start with a trial run which is a tournament to gauge our preparedness and to check the resources that are required to play our games post the restrictions,” said Gukurume.
However, Gukurume did not reveal the Clubs that are scheduled to participate in the tournament, with reports emerging that some have already aligned with the rival, Premier League (PNL).
Gukurume further said RANL is unfazed with the sprouting of PNL which was launched by Zimbabwe Netball Association (ZINA).
“With the advent of PNL, the more the merrier even if they are coming with another League calling itself with another name, as long as it benefits the girl child because at the end of the day what we want to achieve is one and the same thing. We want the girl child to benefit out of playing netballl. So the coming in of PNL is a welcome development, it gives competition. We must start looking at the girl child first rather than looking at the administrators,” he said.
Asked on their efforts to affiliate with the netball mother body, ZINA, Gukurume said:
“We have since submitted our papers to ZINA. They have not responded as yet, well that is not a surprise to us but we are just hoping that they will do one day or another but that is not going to stop us from playing netball.”