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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Isles netballers upset Chaneta

12th April 2012
Chaneta acting secretary general, Rose Mkisi

The extensive delay of Zanzibar netball players to join the training camp set by Chaneta at the Filbert Bayi Secondary School in Kibaha is increasingly complication the pre-set coaching programme.

The Chaneta acting secretary general, Rose Mkisi, said time is running out and the Zanzibar players are gradually behind the training schedule.

Zanzibar players are supposed to join their Mainland counterparts at the Bayi school camp to train ahead of competing in next month’s Africa championship to be staged at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Mkisi said the preparations for the championship have been greatly affected by the delay of the Zanzibar national team players to join the camp.

She said the Chaneta technical panel had previously agreed that provisional squads made up of players from both sides should be at the camp for twenty days before selecting the final squad.

According to earlier announcement, Zanzibar provisional squad at the camp should have ten players with their coach while the mainland team should have double of the number.

The national team coach was then supposed to name the final squad of 20 players for the national team for intensive training.

After the final squad of 20 players then six players will be dropped to remain with the rest for the championship sanctioned by the International Federation of Netball Association, (IFNA).

Mkisi said the unexpected delay of the Zanzibar players has caused Mainland provisional team to overstay at the camp. The resultant impact is a total disruption of training programme and hardship for the coach.

Mkisi said the Zanzibar team was competing at the East African Netball Championship in Kampala and had promised to join the Bayi camp soon after the end of the tourney.

Mkisi declined to disclose the aftermath of the training camp disruption and an alternative course of action should the Zanzibar team fail to show up.

She diplomatically said Chaneta is still giving Chaneza the benefit of doubt as their players would join the camp.

“They have not joined the camp and I don’t know what reason behind is, but am of the view that they are training a head of the championship,” she said.

The ten days IFNA tournament will help teams to improve on the international ranking and also will offer Taifa Queens a chance to qualify for the next year’s Commonwealth Games.

So far eight teams have lined up for the championship while Chaneta is also busy raising funds to cater for the event.

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