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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Uncertainty clouds netball team`s tour

20th November 2012
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Inadequate funds might likely halt the planned Tanzania netball team’s trip to Singapore for Six Nations Cup tourney later this moth.

The netball association (CHANETA) acting secretary general, Rose Mkisi, said so far it is uncertain to confirm the trip as the tournament gets underway on November 29 through December.

Mkisi said the national team had earlier planned to board a flight to Singapore on next Monday but there are all indications that the trip might be called off.

The trip would have included twelve players and two coaches each needing
$1,200 for the return flight ticket.

Mkisi said efforts to seek assistance from corporate bodies and individuals would not give positive results as time is running out.

However, fifteen players are currently undergoing intensive training in Morogoro under the tutelage of newly appointed national team coach Marry Waya who is  assisted by Damian Chonya.

The Chaneta official said should the team get assistance in time, expectations are high on performing well.

“The team is training well and it’s our expectations that we will perform well at the tournament. I urge Tanzanians and all netball lovers in the country to help the team,” she said.

She named the players currently training in Morogoro as Pili Saidi, Faraja Malaki, Veronica Kubiru, Lilian Sylidian, Irene Elias, Restituta Boniface, Joyce Edward, Jacqueline Sikozi, Paskalia Kibayasa, Sophia Komba, Mwadawa Twalibu, Zuhura Twalibu, Bettina Kazinje, Mwanaidi Hassan and Doritha Mbunda.

However, Mkisi declined to comment why Chaneta has been incurring expenses in opening a training camp without being sure of the trip.

She also had no answer as to why the flight ticket hitch has come to the press with barely a week before departing to Singapore.



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