Sikhumbuzo Moyo, Senior Sports Press Reporter

PLATINUM Queens netball club have been plunged into grieving following the abrupt death of 19-year-old goal protector Maxine Muvembi on Wednesday morning. She was buried at her Chivi home the other day.

The previous Pamushana High School learner, who captained the Zimbabwe Under-17 team that got involved in the Confederation of School Sport Association of Southern Africa (Cossasa) Games kept in Namibia in 2018, reportedly caught an aggressive tumor in the mouth that blocked her airway.

“It is with a heavy heart that we reveal the passing of a beautiful queen Maxine Muvembi. The young queen was recently promoted into the senior team, however did not get the possibility to shine. We extend our deepest acknowledgements to the Muvembi household throughout this extremely dark time. May her lovely young soul rest in peace,” wrote Platinum Queens on their social media platform.

Platinum Queens coach Simba Mlambo explained Muvembi’s death as a disastrous blow to the group, especially at a time that he was looking at merging her with the senior ladies once the Radiance Petroleum sponsored Rainbow Amateur Netball League resumes. The 2020 netball league matches were postponed due to the nationwide lockdown triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I still can’t think that she is no more. The burial was so emotional for all of us. Maxine was a very talented gamer and it was simple to determine her while she was still at school and we made certain we were moulding a future senior nationwide group star gamer, however here we are, death has actually robbed us of that skill. We are still trying to come to grips with her death,” stated Mlambo. While the video games are in limbo, a Platinum Queens authorities stated the club would likely organize counselling sessions for the players to deal with the loss of their teammate.