The Zimbabwe Netball Association (ZNA) has lauded the recently launched elite professional league, the Premier Netball League (PNL), describing it as a game changer.
ZNA president Letitia Chipandu said the new league will ensure Zimbabwe’s netball standards “remain professional and in line with international standards”.
PNL public relations and liaison officer Yeukai Muchenu said the elite league, which has 18 teams competing for honours, will be a springboard for girls and young women empowerment through sport.
“The new PNL is set to be a game-changer. The launch was held last weekend and it was a big success that even exceeded our own expectations.
“The league, which will commence shortly after all necessary protocols are followed, will ensure that international standards are upheld and also empower girls and young women in the sporting arena.
“The inaugural matches were played last weekend. We hope as the season gets underway, more stakeholders will come on board to support and beautify the game,” said Muchenu.
Teams that confirmed their participation in the league are the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Green Fuel, Gold Reef, Agape, Belvedere Technical Teachers’ College, Correctional, Harare City, Masvingo City Stars(Jnr), Waterfalls, University of Zimbabwe, Black Rhinos, National U18, HQ Bulawayo, Masvingo Pirates, Masvingo City Stars, Beitbridge, Bulawayo Stars and Platinum Queens.