A ten-nation netball tournament will start tomorrow at Dar es Salaam’s National Stadium.
Tanzania and Lesotho will clash in the opening match of the inaugural championship, which will also attract teams from Namibia, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Swaziland.
The National Netball Association (Chaneta) chairperson Anna Bayi said yesterday that preparations had been completed and the body was ready to host the event.
She said all teams were expected to arrive in the country last evening except Zambia who would arrive by train today. Anna said that local netballers were in an upbeat mood to prove to their compatriots that they were a force to reckon with.
The event aims at preparing Tanzania ahead of the World Championship 2011 qualifying matches. Tanzania are in Group `A’ together with Lesotho, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Group `B’ has Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Swaziland.
The best three teams from each group will qualify for the quarterfinals.