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I was confident: Kwaramba

H-Metro

Shelly Guni, Sports Reporter

Platinum Queens and Gems star Claris Kwaramba believes the young Gems had a good chance of qualifying for the 2021 Netball World Youth Cup.

The 21-year-old defence player was supposed to captain the under 21 team during their Netball World Youth Cup qualifiers that were slated for Uganda last year in May.

However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the qualifiers were cancelled and following deliberations, Zimbabwe went on to miss the final World Youth Cup on rankings as they are sitting fourth in Africa yet only top three teams made the final cut.

As if it was not enough, the final cup which was moved to December 2021 after being postponed from June was cancelled in March.

“I was hurt. That was my last year in the 21 and under team and l wanted to give it my best and qualify for the World Cup,” she told H-Metro.

It would have been their second time participating at the global netball Youth showcase after their 2017 experience.

“I was confident that we were going to qualify for the World Cup. Captaining the team was not so important to me, all l wanted was to qualify and be in the top five of the World rankings,” she said.

Kwaramba is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Law degree with the University of Zimbabwe and is part of the UZ netball team.

“It’s not easy to balance the two, law is demanding, have to study, write assignments, online lectures and at times I have to do a lecture and at the same time attend training session.

“I can’t wait to represent the Varsity. We were supposed to have played but corona ended halted everything.”

However, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are still being felt as the local netball league is also yet to resume its operations despite being given the greenlight to resume.

The league was suspended in March 2020 after only three rounds of action.