Zimbabwe lost 68-47 to South Africa in their final Pool A match of the Africa Netball World Cup Qualifiers on Thursday after at Pretoria University.
Zimbabwe technical team close chose to tinker with the team and give a run to other players while resting some key players so that they fully recover from injuries.
As expected South Africa started the match on the offensive to go to halftime with a goal lead at 32-20.
Gems assistant coach Tatenda Shinya said he was pleased with the team’s performance despite the defeat.
“Firstly there is no good lose but if your players implement what you told them , I think it’s a win for us. I’m happy we managed to try all the combinations we wanted to see and it came out as we wanted,” Shinya said.
“South Africa is one of the strongest sides in Africa so we needed to try all the combinations against a strong side. This was also a learning curve for our players and that’s the reason we gave everyone a run. Going into the semi finals we are happy that our players are being consistent and we are going to continue pushing.”
Zimbabwe take on either Malawi or Zambia in the semi finals on Friday at 13:00.