Diamond Queen’s key player, Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda last Saturday is said to have sneaked out of her sickbed at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in order to play the OG Issa Southern Region Netball League (SRNL) final.
Towera who was diagnosed with plus-two Malaria on the day of the match and was admitted to the hospital, but however defied the doctors’ advice by sneaking out to the College of Medicine (CoM) Sports Complex for the finale.
In the end it all seemed to pay off as the queens went on to win the match against Complex Tigresses 36-33 to win their first title in five competitions.
Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda’s determination also saw her emerge as the best defender of the tournament to take home a K15 000 individual prize.
“I did this for the love of my team,” she said. “I could not afford to see it lose a fifth consecutive competition. I am now happy that we have finally achieved success.”
On the other hand Diamonds’ coach Griffin ‘Zagalo’ Saenda hailed the player for her sacrifice, saying they could not have made it in her absence.
“She is one of our key players; the backbone of the team. What she has done has shown how committed she is to the team. Few players would make such a sacrifice. We thank her so much,” said Saenda, whose side lost the league title to Tigresses last season on inferior basket difference.
However when asked by reporters what would happen if the netballer’s sacrifice negatively affected her health, Saenda said: “if the player felt alright to play, who were we to restrict her?”