First Lady Salma Kikwete took trouble to pay courtesy visit at the national netball team’s camp currently training at the Filbert Bayi Secondary School in Kibaha yesterday.
The team is gearing up for this month’s international championship that has been sanctioned by the International Federation of Netball Associations, IFNA.
During her visit she was accompanied by Prime Minister’s wife Tunu Pinda who has taken a crucial role in the entire campaign to set up the team ahead of the showdown later this month.
The First Lady having scrutinized a training session has been satisfied by the standard attained by the players.
She said the team stands a chance to excel in the tourney basing on the quality of its players and the gravity of their preparations.
She insisted on the players of the team to adhere to the training programme while maintaining discipline to build up team sprit and cooperation between them, coach and officials.
The team might improve its IFNA rank basing on how best they perform during the tourney.
"We have a good team comprising formidable players who stand a chance to send the rest of the visiting teams back to their homes empty handed," she said.
The Premier’s wife who is also the chairperson of the tournament’s organising committee the said the Netball Association (CHANETA) has in excess of seventy seven million shillings raised to cater for expenditure of staging the championship.
She said the budget projections to stage the event in the smoothest way hits at 160m/-.
She said of the total budget 82m/- will be used for camping and other preparations while 75m/- is for hosting the event.
She went on to say that the association has used 53,550,000/- for maintaining the training pitch at the school and purchase of sports equipments.
The organizing chairperson said the money was raised from companies and other well wishers, namely CRDB Bank, Serengeti Breweries, Vodacom and others.
So far eight countries have confirmed to participate at the event and these are Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and hosts Tanzania.
CHANETA acting secretary general Rose Mkisi said the national team coach Marry Protas and her technical staff have agreed to maintain the 16 players currently at the camp.
She named the players as Pili Peter, Irene Elias, Beth Kazinja, Jacqueline Skozi, Restituta Boniface, Dorothy Mbuta, and Lillian Sylidion.
Others are Matalena Muhagama, Paskalia Kibayasa, Siwa Juma, Subira Juma, Subira Songwe, Penina Mayunga, Evodia Kazinja, Niza Nyange, Mwanaidi Hassan, Lydia Samuel, and Joyce Edward.