The no show of Tanzania national netball team from the inaugural Diamond Challenge championships in South Africa will most likely affect the country’s global rankings.
The International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA) is expected to release rankings of countries early next year.
According to IFNA rankings released on July 24, Tanzania is positioned 18th on the world.
The current ranks were based on the recent Africa championship hosted early this year and some test matches played across the world up to July 21.
Malawi remains the top team in Africa and fifth in the world; South Africa on sixth on the globe and second in the continent while Botswana is 16th in the world and third in Africa.
Other African teams such as Zimbabwe is 22nd on the world rankings and fifth in Africa while Namibia is in 25th position in the world and sixth in Africa. The IFNA rankings has 32 teams with Israel as the tail enders.
In a telephone interview, Netball Association (CHANETA) acting secretary general Rose Mkisi said she has seen the recent rankings but refused to comment while waiting to consult other technical people.
“Please give me some time to consult other technical people regarding the IFNA ranks,” she said.
When asked on the possible of ranking tilts for Tanzania’s absence at the inaugural tourney in Johannesburg, she said still there is a room to recover.
Tanzania is gearing up to compete at another continental netball championship to be staged at the end of the month.
Mkisi also earlier noted that teams improve their rankings only if they play eight international games a year.
The recent IFNA rankings have seen an upsurge of teams from 25 to 32 , and on standby for the rankings include, Swaziland, Zambia, Uganda, Thailand, China, Bermuda, and St. Vincent and Grenada.