17 August 2018
Veronica Gwaze in Zambia
Zimbabwe Senior Netball team made it into the world cup for the first time in the country’s history.
Renowned Goal Shooter Pauline Jani stole the show in a match against Kenya at the ongoing African Championships in Zambia.
In a dominant match, the Gems dominated all the quarters with Jani making sure she was accurate with all the chances that came her way.
With the 58- 42 victory, the Gems qualified for the World Cup for the first time in Zimbabwean history.
The 29-year-old Police General Headquarters Constable was highlight of the match. The entire stadium composed a ‘Go Pau go’ melody for the Gem.
Jani, who also turns out for ZRP Mambas said despite having played for the national team for a longtime, the World Cup qualification is what she has dreamt of.
“It has been years since I have played for the national team but the world cup is a dream that we as a team have always had.
“When I made it to the final 12, I felt it was time that I prove my viciousness on court and give my best to the team,” she said.
The stubborn GS believes she owes it to Gems Captain Perpetual Siyachitema who is on a retiring path.
“Captain Pepe has been a netball figure and mentor that many of us have always looked up to and she made it clear to us that after accomplishing the World Cup dream she is retiring.
“As someone who has been my mentor and team mate I felt achieving the World Cup dream is the best and most befitting gift we can give her before she retires and I am happy we have achieved it.
While the victory against Kenya guaranteed Zimbabwe of qualification for the World Cup finals, on goal aggregate Uganda is a score ahead of Zimbabwe.
This means Zimbabwe could come second on the African Championships if Uganda wins against the Gems later today.
Jani said while the qualification is a dream they (Gems) have achieved, it has paused a huge task to the Gems.
“Our dream has come true, but it has come with it the biggest task ever and more than ever we need team work and more training.
“It is not personal glory that we need now but individual willingness and effort to come up with the strongest team in the history of Zimbabwe,” she said.