Nhandemutande Media

The Zimbabwe Gems or Zim Gems

yesterday fought to the last losing 59-43 to the Malawi Queens in a tightly contested 2019 Vitality World Cup match played in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

The Zimbabweans went down fighting against a determined Malawi side regarded as one of the strongest teams in Africa.

The day before the Gems had quashed Barbados 66-41 a day after losing 36-91to New Zealand the previous day.

The Gems have therefore now finished fourth in the six team Group F and will play the team that finishes fourth in Group G – either Jamaica or Uganda – to decide who finishes seventh and eighth in the 16-team tournament.

Zimbabwe finished on four points while Malawi are on six.

Despite unconfirmed social media reports of a contractual dispute that might have cost them the match this publication is of the view that they did well and whatever happens to the Zimbabwean team now, the Gems have done more than what was expected of them by reaching the second round of this competition and more importantly in their maiden appearance.

The Gems have over the past weeks won over the hearts of social media followers,prominent figures and corporates and inspired a new sense of hope and inspiration to a nation which had experienced a humiliating exit from the 2019 Afcon in Egypt.

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