Netball association of Tanzania (CHANETA) has released New Zealand coach Kate Carpenter after month long stay in the country to train the national team in Dar es Salaam.
Carpenter was hired for four weeks to drill the netball team while gearing up for the inaugural international championship that ended in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.
The New Zealand coach worked with local coach Mary Protas to train the Tanzania team that performed poorly in the event that attracted six other African countries.
While leaving for home, Carpenter, who boarded her return flight yesterday, said it has been a good experience to work with the Tanzanian coach, Protas.
Carpenter said she has been accorded with a hand in glove cooperation during her stay in Tanzania though the host nation lost terribly in the championship.
CHANETA chairperson Anna Bayi said her association appreciates her role in netball development of the country, though for a short spell.
No more details were released by CHANETA on whether the association would call back the coach in the future to train the national team.
However, the minister for Information, Culture and Sports, George Mkuchika, said the Government is fully aware of the netball body’s quest to have a permanent coach to train the national team.
The minister said efforts are underway to recruit the netball coach who will be in the Government’s payroll.
He said the Government would be proud to have the national team qualify for the 2011 world netball championship to be hosted by Singapore.
The netball championship that ended last week was won by Uganda in absence of Malawi who also ended the tourney with unbeaten run but had to pack early to feature in the World best six netball tourney in England.
Tanzania suffered a series of defeats to most of the teams except South Africa that pulled a 31-31goals stalemate and posted the only win over Lesotho, the weakest side of the tourney.