“If we win and play well, then the rankings will take care of themselves.”
They qualified for the Vitality Netball World Cup as one of the lowest ranked teams standing on position 14. Zimbabwe Gems finished second in Group A with two wins against Sri Lanka and Northern Ireland.
Qualifying for the next stage of the competition where the team lost to New Zealand and Malawi and only managing to win against Barbados leaving the team to play in the 5-8 playoffs places.
Despite the team fighting spirit the GEMS lost to Jamaica and Uganda and finished the tournament in the top ten at position 8, a position that indicated the team fighting spirit, dedication and hardwork.
Soon after the Vitality Netball World Cup INF released their latest ranking and they said Zimbabwe had only moved one place up to position 13 in the July 2019 ranking, a position the team occupied up until 30 June 2020.
Finally after that long wait Zimbabwe Netball Gems have moved one place up to position 12 in the INF world rankings released today. In Africa the Gems are still ranked 4th behind South Africa, Malawi and Uganda.
“The latest ranking could mean that Zimbabwe netball gems captain Felistas Kwanga could soon be signed by Surrey Storm netball that plays in the English Netball Super League.”
Kwanga had been approached by Storms coach just after the Netball World Cup and they wanted to sign her but they realized that English Netball league rules permits imports from countries in the top 12 only.
” If we as the Sports Rifle 724 team had one wish it would be for Kwanga to be signed by Surrey Storms.”