The Netball Association of Tanzania (CHANETA) categorically denied to have hired former Malawi netball player Mary Waya as the national team assistant coach but rather a consultant working for the Filbert Bayi Secondary School team.
CHANETA acting secretary general Rose Mkisi said her association hired Waya as a consultant to help national team coach Mary Protas who is training the team at Kibaha.
The team is preparing for the International Federation of Netball Association (IFNA) sanctioned Africa championship to be staged in Dar es Salaam later in May.
Mkisi was clearing the air as strong rumours have been circulating with the belief that Waya is the assistant national team coach.
Instead, Waya has been hired by Filbert Bayi Secondary School as a development coach to train its netball team having previously impressed by her achievements while in charge of the Malawi Under 21 national team.
Mkisi said CHANETA though it wise to benefit from her services. She said the national team is residing at the Filbert Bayi School and Waya is readily available for consultancy services.
Mkisi said Waya has a contract with the Bayi School that ends in May. She described her as one of the best development coaches in Africa who took Malawi Under 21 netball team to the finals of the World youth tournament.
Before engaging Waya, CHANETA had to seek permission from directors of Filbert Bayi Schools who gave them a go ahead to access the services of the Malawi coach.
“We have many new faces at the camp and thought it wise to hire Waya who has a very good record of developing players,” she said.
Mkisi said Protas and Waya will be joined by Restituta Lazaro from Zanzibar who is expected to join the camp with ten players.
Zanzibar players have delayed to join the camp as they are currently competing at regional tournament in Uganda.
She admitted the fact that the absence of Zanzibar players at the camp is affecting preparations as coaches wanted to have the whole squad at the camp.
However, Mkisi said she is optimistic over the reporting of the Zanzibar players so that coaches can have a complete team.
CHANETA is doing everything possible to see that the Africa Netball Championship trophy remains at home while making improvement at the IFNA rankings.