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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Dar improves in netball rankings

7th July 2010
CHANETA chairperson Anna Bayi

Tanzania has substantially improved in both continental and global netball rankings, according to latest standings released by International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA).

While the country is ranked fourth to leapfrog from its previous sixth in the continent, its global ranking is now 22nd.

According to IFNA’s yesterday release, Tanzania trails behind South Africa, Malawi and Botswana in the standings for the continent.

South Africa has toppled Malawi to stay top in the continent and sixth in the World, just one step above Malawi as well.

Seventh placed Malawi will now play World netball championships African qualifying zone slated for late August in South Africa.

Meanwhile, the netball association of Tanzania, CHANETA, as it has been the case for most of the non-revenue collector sports bodies, needs funds to prepare a team for World qualifiers.

The two top placed teams at the end of the South Africa qualifiers would feature for the World championship in Singapore next year.

CHANETA also looks forward to host the second edition of international championship in Dar es Salaam in September.

CHANETA chairperson Anna Bayi said the national team would be fully busy in the next two months.

“We need funds to prepare the national team in the qualifying games at the same time to host teams for international tourney,” she said.

At least 30 players of the national team are expected to camp ahead of the two international assignments, so says Bayi.

Time is running out for the team to have any international friendly game.

“We will just concentrate on training and if possible to play friendly games with domestic based clubs,” Bayi said.


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