Mut­sauki tar­gets to win last 7 games

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

WITH the ti­tle race in­ten­si­fy­ing in the Zim­babwe Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Su­per League, Harare City Queens coach Ropafadzo Mut­sauki is be­ing cau­tious in his ap­proach to their re­main­ing seven games.

Harare City Queens share the same num­ber of points with log lead­ers Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices Queens but they are sit­ting on sec­ond po­si­tion be­cause of an in­fe­rior goal dif­fer­ence.

Both teams have 52 points af­ter 27 matches and they have lost just one game each.

Mut­sauki said while they are in a good po­si­tion to fight for the ti­tle, they still have some work to do be­fore they can start talk­ing about their chances.

“There is still some work to do, we are left with seven games. We have ZRP at home and away, Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices will play ZRP as well and us. But ZRP is a very strong team.

“I think the po­si­tion we are at is an ad­van­tage but the re­main­ing games are tough, so we will only be able to talk af­ter three games or so, we will have a pic­ture of what to ex­pect,” said Mut­sauki.

ZRP Team Queens are third with 48 points while on fourth po­si­tion are Glow Petroleum with 46 points and they are all out to chal­lenge for the ti­tle.

Mut­sauki added that they are hop­ing to sur­pass their per­for­mance from last year when they fin­ished third.

“We are ex­pect­ing to sur­pass what we did in our first year, if you get a bet­ter po­si­tion in the first year, sec­ond year you ex­pect an im­prove­ment,” said Mut­sauki.

Club chair­per­son Dorothy Mavol­wane said they are ea­ger to claim the ti­tle this year but she knows it’s not an easy task and they have been to en­sure their side re­main in shape.

“The po­si­tion we are at its giv­ing us mo­ti­va­tion to work even harder as a team. Re­mem­ber any team in the Su­per League would want to be num­ber one, that has al­ways been our wish and de­sire since we joined the league last year,” said Mavol­wane.

While it’s not go­ing to be an easy task with stiff com­pe­ti­tion in the na­tional league, Mavol­wane said the fact they were able beat teams such as Glow Petroleum, re­garded as one of the strong teams, was a mo­ti­va­tion for them go­ing into the re­main­ing games.

“What has given us joy is we were able to beat Glow Petroleum, we were able to beat them in their back­yard. It has given us more mo­ti­va­tion,” said Mavol­wane.

The league was ini­tially sched­uled to con­clude in the first week of Novem­ber but the na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion had to make some changes due the na­tional teams’ com­mit­ments.

The se­nior side were in Uganda for the African Championships while the Un­der-21s took part in the World Youth Cup in Botswana.

Zina or­gan­is­ing sec­re­tary, Alex Masimba said the cur­tain is now set to come down on the 2017 sea­son on De­cem­ber 2.

“We ended up ex­tend­ing be­cause teams could not fin­ish their games be­cause of the na­tional teams’ com­mit­ments. We were at the Un­der21 World Youth Cup and the African Championships and clubs had play­ers in those teams,” Masimba said.


ZDF Queens 39, Glow Petroleum Queens 44; Mutare City Queens 53, Sup­port Unit Queens 26; ZRP Team Queens 92, Golden Val­ley 11; Black Rhi­nos 39, ZRP Team Queens 49; Glow Petroleum Queens 39, Ngezi Plat­inum Queens 33; Manyame Fal­con Queens 54, Black Rhi­nos Queens 35; Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices 142, Golden Val­ley 10; ZDF Queens 62; Waruwaru

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