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2019 Vitality Netball World Cup

The Zimbabwe Gems were beaten 59-43 by the Malawi Queens today in a 2019 Vitality World Cup match played in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Zimbabwe Gems
Zimbabwe Gems

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

The technical team said the girls performed well despite losing to the Queens in a thrilling match.

This comes after the Gems two days ago hammered Barbados 66-41 a day after losing 36-79 to New Zealand.

This means the Gems have 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.

2019 Vitality Netball World Cup
2019 Vitality Netball World Cup

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.

Team captain, Perpetual Siachitema, says this has been a learning experience, noting that as a young team they are hoping to return to the stage once again in 2021 and this time to challenge for honours.

Champions Australia beat New Zealand 50-49. They are through to the semi-finals set for Sunday

2019 Vitality Netball World Cup
2019 Vitality Netball World Cup

Australia have won this competition 10 times while New Zealand have two titles to their belt.

Mayor Solomon Mguni.

Bulawayo mayor Solomon Mguni says the Ministry of Local Government is sending a team to the city to investigate the suspension of Town Clerk Christopher Dube by acting mayor Tinashe Kambarami.

Mguni told VOA Studio 7 the team will arrive in Bulawayo today and is set to start its work tomorrow.

The government is expected to present its findings within the next few weeks.

“We are going to make our presentations on what they are looking for following the suspension of the town clerk,” said Mguni.

Dube has returned to work following the intervention of the mayor and MDC led by Nelson Chamisa, whose party runs the local authority.

Tribal tensions have been high in the city following the suspension of Dube while some people have appealed for calm in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city.

The government has over the years suspended elected councilors and replaced them with Zanu PF activists in MDC strongholds.

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