Ellina Mhlanga Senior Sports Reporter
PLATINUM Queens are fancying their chances of winning the Premier Netball League title when they go into the last games this weekend in Beitbridge.
They are the favourites since they are leading the championship race. Platinum Queens are yet to lose a match and coach, Simbarashe Mlambo, is confident his charges will finish the job.
“I am just confident, my players know what is at stake and they will do everything in their power to make sure that they win and definitely we will sail through. We will try everything in our power.
“Whoever wins will have to work a miracle to beat all the other teams in the last bubble and also avoid being beaten. The pressure is there, not from anybody, but yourself.
‘‘When you are at the summit you want to stay there but everybody wants you to fail, and it’s now time to have conspiracy theories and all that.
“But it’s a good thing to be on top, but the pressure really mounts, you just want to be there.’’ The Beitbridge bubble will be the fourth, and last, as the games come to an end.
Platinum Queens are leading, with 52 points, from 26 matches.
The Zvishavane side welcome back shooter, Lynnette Tanhira, and mid-court players, Progress Moyo, and Claris Kwaramba.
They were with the senior national team in Namibia, for the Pent Series and Africa Netball Cup, and missed some of the league games.
Some of the top teams they are set to face, in the last games, include ZDF. Platinum Queens emerged winners in their first meeting and ZDF have made it clear they are going for a win, when they clash, in the final games. ZDF are fourth and, from the 23 games they played, they lost three. PNL secretary-general, Liberty Mhiza, said they had hoped to also hold their awards, soon after the games in Beitbridge.
But, due to a tight fixture programme, the awards are now expected to be put on hold, for a separate occasion.