The journey hasn’t been easy-Siyachitema

By Sports Writer

Pepetua Siyachitema’s star keeps shining bright.

She, however, feels that female coaches are not well recognized in the country.

Despite showing great progress in coaching, more still needs to be done.

“I feel since I have played the sport myself from the lowest level up to the highest, I think I have a better interpretation of the sport, though we as female coaches feel we are not given enough recognition,” she said.

Being one of the few female coaches in the country, Siyachitema reckons it has not been an easy journey.

“The journey hasn’t been easy, especially at first being the only female coach and competing with experienced and seasoned coaches who have been in the field for a long period of time and some of them coached me when I was on the national team.

I learnt that you need to be psychologically strong as you face a lot of criticism and judgement, especially because I was a new coach.

“Also, as a coach, you need to learn and understand each player’s personality, strengths, and weaknesses so that you can be able to accommodate each one of them equally.”

Siyachitema went on to say: “To the former players, I think we need to be found in these netball structures and that can only be attained by taking various coaching courses so that we can impart all the wealth of knowledge and experience that we have to the next generation.”

The Glow Petroleum Queens coach is looking forward to elevating her team to greater heights.

The Kwekwe-based team is eyeing their third title in a row.

They are currently sitting on top of the Rainbow Netball League table with 24 from 12 games.

This week they are playing newbies, Mthala and Delta in Harare.

Siyachitema has won the title as a player with Glow and also as a coach.

Obviously, it is a wonderful achievement and a rare privilege for the club and myself, and I look forward to more achievements.

RANL FIXTURES

VENUE : CHIKURUBI
CORRECTIONAL vs LUSUMBAMI


VENUE: CHITUNGWIZA
AGAPE vs HI-FLIERS


VENUE: RUWA
RUWA vs JINJIKA
JINJIKA vs MAMBAS
RUWA vs MAMBAS


VENUE: DELTA
DELTA vs MTHALA
MTHALA vs GLOW
DELTA vs GLOW


VENUE: BELVEDERE
BELVEDERE vs KHAMI
KHMAI vs GOLDEN VALLEY
BELVEDERE vs SUPPORT


VENUE: SHAMVA
SHAMVA MINE vs YADAH
SHAMVA URBAN vs TENAX
TENAX vs YADAH
SHAMVA MINE vs SHAMVA URBAN

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