Reigning African netball champions, Zimbabwe’s ‘Gems’ are in camp preparing to go and defend their continental title at the championships set for Uganda at the end of this month.

The senior netball national team currently ranked 20th in the world, hopes to use the tournament to improve its rankings.

The Gems will travel to Uganda on the 19th of June ahead of the netball tournament which begins on the 23rd.

The 20-member team is practicing everyday at Mbare Stodart Netball Complex and one player, Ursula Ncube of Harare City Queens is out injured.

ZRP provide three players; Pauline Jani, Omega Muwandi and Mercy Mukwandi, while Harare City Queens have five players; Christine Kadandara, Jemina Washeke and Chido Chiwenga.

Correctional Services Queens have provided four players; Tafadzwa Mawango, Felistas Kwanga, Ndaiziveyi Madzikangava, Victoria Nkomo and Kudakwashe Muchongwe.

Reigning league champions, Glow Petroleum contributed five players; Paidamoyo Tinoza, Tatenda Dziva, Patricia Mauladi, Sanele Ncube, Lynette Tanhira and veteran player coach, Perpetua Siyachitema.

Coach Ropafadzo Mutsauki is confident the team can produce good results in Uganda.

Zimbabwe will face Malawi, Botswana, Kenya, Zambia and South Africa.

The senior women’s netball side, are one of the most sought after teams after they were invited to Hong Kong for a tri-nations netball invitational tournament in March this year and having qualified for the 2017 World Championships set for Botswana.

Three under-21 players; Patricia Mauladi, Mercy Mukwadi and Sanale Ncube were included in the senior national side.

Observers have called for the corporate world to complement Zimbabwe netball’s success story by supporting it emotionally and financially.