Shelly Guni, Sports Reporter
NGEZI Platinum Queens coach Tatenda Shinya is confident that his side will give a good account of themselves in the 2020 Rainbow Netball League season, which is expected to start on February 29.
Ngezi travel to Bulawayo for a tricky fixture against newly promoted Khami Queens in the opening weekend of the season.
Shinya hinted last year after finishing fourth that their intention this season is to push for the league honours but he is aware that it is not going to be easy.
The controversial coach who last year promised to quit his job if he lost to ZRP Team in a league’s match which he however went on to win has set himself a top three target this season.
“Our preparations have been going on very well. I can safely say so far so good. The return of Brenda Ncube has boosted the team’s morale,” he said.
Ncube is last year’s player of the season and was reported to have joined Glow Petroleum in an ill-advised move.
Shinya said this year they are taking every game as it comes and the only teams that are likely to stand on their way ARE Correctional Queens, Platinum Queens and ZDF.
He also downplayed Glow Petroleum and vowed to make sure that the repeat last year’s dominance over them.
The team has since signed Cynthia Matondo from Tenax, Shalom Munyonga and Rufaro Chingamu from a local school in Mhondoro-Ngezi.
“If all goes well we will add Caroline Musemwa formerly with Beta Queens. She has been training with us we are just waiting for her paper works from the league,” he said.
Ngezi lost Christine Kadandara who as part of the regulars from last year’s season.
Asked on the how he feels on losing Kadandara, he said: “I think with the coming back of Brenda has shorten the gap she left and if we get Caroline I’m sure we will be okay.”
“My word to some players is that they should develop an attitude and sense of belonging. You can’t be hoping from one club to another every year.”
Commenting on their opening match against Khami Queens, Shinya said his charges are more than ready.
“Khami is a good side. We are not underrating them. They have players with experience who have played in the Super League before.
“We are just going to take the game with a cautious approach but all the same we are not afraid of them because we are going to collect the maximum points.”