Capital city struggling netball giants Civonets will not push for big-name signings to beef up the squad due to the teams’ tight budget.
Instead, Civonets, will promote seven players from its reserve side-Boma-before the start of the 2020 season if the ban on sporting activities due to Covid-19 pandemic is lifted.
Civonets coach, Whyte Mulilima, said their budget was tight to consider signing top players from other teams.
“Our budget is enough to take us through the season. As such, buying players from other teams is not a priority. This is why we established our reserve side [Boma] which is proving to be a good move because we are producing youthful and skilful players,” he said.
Mulilima said so far, Eliza Nyaka, Naomi Mfuyeni, Cathy Mankhambera, Eluby Chilooka, Patience Pondamali, Miriam Mushane and Joyce Phiri have been earmarked for promotion after impressing for the reserve side.
“We feel they will gradually fuse into the main team because they already know our philosophy. All these players have been outstanding at junior level and it is about time we give them a systematic chance to play for the senior side,” she said.
Meanwhile, Mulilima was hoping that promising shooter Cathy Khunga will stay at the club despite missing training before the suspension of netball season.
“She is still our player and we will convince her to stay to realise her dream,” she said.
Civonets last won a trophy in 2017 when they lifted the disbanded GOtv Netball Champions League.
Last season Civonets fell to position three from two in Mpico Trophy after Mafco Soldiers dislodged them.