The government, at last, has managed to resolve the conflict between national netball association (Chaneta) and its Zanzibar counterpart (Chaneza) after the Mainland and Isles’ sports councils convened a reconciliation meeting in Dar es Salaam early this week.
The meeting, which involved chairpersons, secretary generals and some of the executive committees’ members of the two associations, was led by the National Sports Council (NSC) chairman Iddi Kipingu, his secretary Henry Lihaya and representatives from Zanzibar sports council (BMZ).
The reconciliation was amicably reached after Chaneta and Chaneza officials were given opportunity to air their grievances before the sports councils’ officials.
Chaneta acting secretary general Rose Mkisi said following the reconciliation, the two associations have been advised not to issue any information without written agreement between the two.
“We are glad the conflict has been resolved. We will now be working in cooperation to develop netball,” said Mkisi.
She said the details of the meeting will be availed to the media through press release. Not a single official from either Chaneta or Chaneza will be allowed to speak separately to the media.
Mkisi said the two associations will jointly organise the Union netball league in an effort to put the reconciliation into effect.
The league, which is held annually, did not take place last year because of the conflict.
“The league will take place as scheduled this year in which netball teams from both Mainland and Zanzibar will lock horns to determine the country’s champions,” said Mkisi.
Apart from the Union league, the two associations have agreed to use the national netball team’s head coach Simone Mckinnis, who will be tasked with selecting players.
“We are so delighted by the reconciliation. The conflict indeed had an adverse effect on the players from both sides because they lacked the opportunity to play together,” said Mkisi.
Meanwhile, Chaneta has urged netball coaches to attend a seminar scheduled to start today in Morogoro.
The coaches have to pay participation fee, which was however not made public by Mkisi.