Preparations for the coming Africa netball tournament to be held in the country in May have reached an advanced stage, the netball association (CHANETA) acting secretary general, Rose Mkisi, said yesterday.
Mkisi said to successfully host the event CHANETA needs more than 120m/- and her association has written many companies, organizations, individuals and the government asking for sponsorship.
“We do not have any income generating activity. We rely on government funding but it may be very difficult for the government alone to help us. I’m asking all well-wishers and netball lovers to help the team with cash and kind so that we successfully host the tournament,” she said.
However, she expressed her optimistic that they will get the sponsorship for the netball international tournament to be hosted in the country for second time.
The first time they hosted the tournament at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam where top netball nations from the continent - Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Kenya - attended.
The tournament also helped the Taifa Queens to go into the world netball governing body rankings for the first time.
In a related development, Mkisi said Malawi will send its coaches and umpires to the coming international netball course which is expected to be held in Dar es Salaam in April.
However, she refused to say more, saying the Malawi netball association has not officially informed them.
She said the development comes after the International Federation of Netball Associations (Ifna) announced that it will hold the course before the start of the invitational tournament in the country.
She said other countries from the region are also expected to attend the course which will train the coaches and umpires on new Ifna rules.
She said the Ifna initiative would help reduce incidents that come because of poor officiating.