Hosts Zimbabwe began their hunt for a medal by beating highly fancied neighbours South Africa 62-51 on Monday. Zimbabwe raced to a lead making sure that, as much as South Africa sniffed a come back, they were always ahead.
What Zimbabwe lacked, however, was their defence that seemed to succumb to the South African raid.
Swaziland failed to overpower a well built Namibian side which beat them 21-46 In a netball match played before a noisy crowd at White City stadium on Monday morning. Namibia won the hearts of many with their shrewd passes that left spectators clamouring for more.
Swaziland had come to the match as a wounded lion and during the first few minutes, they looked blood thirsty after succumbing to Zimbabwe 15-57 in an opening match plate at the home of netball on Saturday.
In another Monday match, Zimbabwe made light work on Botswana by beating them 52-10. Although a fantastic success, the match was almost abandoned due to the rains that pounded the courts. The teams had to wait close to an hour to play as the heavens threatened to have the match postponed.
The attacking talent of Zimbabwe meant the girls scored from all over the circle with fantastic accuracy. A show of incredible strength and resilience from Zimbabwe looked to have finally gained them control of the match.
Zimbabwe moved one step closer to a medal after defeating wounded Swaziland 3-1 at Luveve stadium. The Young Warriors got their goals through Thomas Kadyaridzire, who scored a brace, and Themba Mthunzi.
The much awaited action on the tracks will get underway on Tuesday with regional powerhouse South Africa expected to loot the medals table.