BY Magreth Ruzvidzo
Platinum Queens are targeting to win the Rainbow Amateur Netball League (RANL) title this season after finishing second the last time out.
Coach Simbarashe Mlambo believes that they have a strong squad dominated by young players who are full of energy and enthusiasm.
Platinum Queens are one of the 17 teams that have confirmed their participation in this year’s league.
Three teams from the 2019 season’s lot have failed to make it this time due to lack of resources.
The RANL was put on hold last year while they were still in their third week after government announced a ban on all sporting activities following the COVID-19-induced national lockdown.
Mlambo said they have put in a lot of work into their preparations.
“As far as preparations are concerned, we are doing all we can. We are back in the gym, we are back in the court and we are trying to train as much as we can to get the girls match fit,” he said.
“For Platinum Queens, it’s always about player development and seeing those girls progressing to greater heights and making it up to the national team.”
Platinum Queens have been progressing well over the last season, finishing third in 2018 and second in 2019 in the netball league.
Mlambo said this year, they are targeting to clinch the main prize.
He said their preparations had been affected by the absence of some of their players who were pursuing academic studies.
“Most of our girls are in school and we have to balance with tertiary examinations that are still going on, but we are trying to make sure that they are all in one place so that they can train as a team,” he said, adding that his team had not signed any new players, but had incorporated girls from the junior teams.
“We want to be using more younger players, so we are trying to give them a chance and we will blend them with older ones and see how it goes,” Mlambo said.
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