Zimbabwe’s impressive World Cup debut continued on Tuesday with a 66-41 win over Barbados, as they continue to win the hearts of many neutrals with their performances in the competition so far.
The Gems, who have now won four games and lost two, kept alive the possibility of earning what would be a historic top-six finish at their first-ever World Cup.
African teams, Uganda and South Africa will clash on Wednesday, in a game that could confirm a place in the semi-finals for the latter.
South Africa have won all of their four matches at the tournament and will be hoping to join holders Australia and New-Zealand who on Tuesday qualified for the semis with their fifth victories at the World Cup.
Uganda has won three games so far, only losing to hosts England, and are playing to better their 8th place finish at the 2015 World Cup.
While many observers believe South Africa’s match against England on Thursday will determine the winner of Group, the Proteas say they are only focused on tonight’s match against the She-Cranes.
‘‘We have Uganda next, and they’re not just another side, they’re a quality side and we’ll have a big game against them, so we are focusing on that. Whatever happens elsewhere in the group, we have to perform to benefit ourselves,’‘ South Africa’s Bongiwe Msomi said.
The Zim Gems are now level with Malawi on four points and play their African rivals in their final Group F game on Thursday.
‘‘I have goosebumps, this is a dream come true! We didn’t know we had so many people supporting Zimbabwe, to see the whole arena supporting us like that was so exciting, said Zimbabwe goal shooter Joice Takaidza.
Zimbabwe is one of four African teams at the tournament that is being hosted in Liverpool, England. The others are Malawi, Uganda and South Africa.
The Zimbabwe Gems are in Group A, along with reigning champions Australia and Northern Ireland.
‘‘Zimbabwe is something of unknown quality and will look to capitalize on that against higher-ranked teams,’‘ Africanews correspondent, Yvonne Akonda Sundu told us ahead of the tournament.