Zimbabwe netball mourns death of Gems legend Pauline Jani at the age of 34

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The Zimbabwe netball fratenity is mourning the death of former national team goal shooter Pauline Jani at the age of 34.

Jani, who represented Zimbabwe during their maiden appearance at the World Cup in Liverpool four years ago, died this Wednesday morning at Parirenyatwa Hospital after a long illness.

Black Mambas coach Talent Museka, who coached Jani at club level confirmed the sad news.

“It is sad that we have lost Pauline. This is a loss not only to us as ZRP Mambas but the entire netball fraternity,” he said.

Having retired from international netball in 2019 after the World Netball Cup in Liverpool, the towering shooter remained active in local netball, where she went on to bag several awards

The Zimbabwe Netball Association (ZINA) led the tributes for Jani, describing her demise as a big loss for the netball fratenity.

“It is with profound sorrow that we share the news of the passing of our former national player, Pauline Jani. Today, the Zimbabwe netball community mourns the loss of a true gem who has left an indelible mark on the sport and our hearts.

“From her first game to her last, Pauline played with unwavering determination, showcasing the spirit of a true sportswoman,” ZINA said.

Pauline Jani represented Zimbabwe at the Netball World Cup in Liverpool in 2019

“We find solace in the memories we’ve shared and the legacy she leaves behind. Her contribution to the sport, her passion for the game, and her love for the team will forever be remembered.

“We extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, and all who knew and loved her.

“Rest in eternal peace, Pauline. You will always be remembered and forever missed. #ForeverAGem,” the association added.

Zimbabwe netball team captain Felistus Kwangwa also paid tribute to her former teammate.

“We all know that one day we are going to leave this world, but it is hard to say goodbye to our loved ones. Wishing the Jani and Zimbabwe netball family peace and strength during this difficult time.
May you rest easy in grace and love our Gem,” Kwangwa said.

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