Tanzania national netball team members board a flight to Singapore today where they will compete in the Six-Nation tournament.
The team’s head coach, Marry Waya, said they have prepared well for the tournament and she is optimistic over excelling to board a return flight with silverware.
The six-day tournament gets underway on Sunday at Toa Poyoh Sports Hall and has drawn Malaysia, Namibia, Republic of Ireland, Sri Lanka and hosts Singapore.
“We are fully geared up for the battle, and hopefully we will do well at this event. Remember this is the squad which managed to play against Malawi and lost 30-34,” said the coach.
She said her team has been blended with young and old blood, a combination that would sparkle.
“The Six-Nations tourney provides a wonderful platform for our players to show what potential they have against world ranked teams. We are expecting a challenging week, but I am hopeful we will do well,” she said.
According to the coach, their first opponents will be Sri Lanka on Sunday ahead of their second game on the subsequent day versus Malaysia.
The Tanzanian team is lined up against Republic of Ireland in the fourth game before taking on the hosts on the final match.
All teams will rest on December 6 before the Tanzanian side faces Namibia.
She said the tournament ends on December 8 with matches between the team which will emerge first against runners up, third versus fourth and the team which will emerge fifth will face the sixth.
Besides coach Marry Waya and team doctor Richard Yomba, the rest of the players making the trip include Mwanaidi Hassani and Dorita Mbunda (JKT Mbweni), from Filbert Bayi netball team are Irene Elias, Jacqueline Sikozi, Restituta Boniface, Lillian Selidion and Joyce Edward.
State House netball team has Pascalia Kibayasa, Mwadawa Twalibu and Sophia Kumba as Pili Peter and Faraja Malaki are from JKU Zanzibar and Jeshi Stars, respectively.
As we went to press the leader of delegation was not known following CHANETA’s acting general secretary Rose Mkisi’s failure to respond to her telephone call.
Efforts to contact chairperson Anna Bayi also proved failure as she was driving a vehicle.
According to latest International Netball Federation (IFINA) ranking, the highest ranked team at the event is Singapore which is on 18th position, Tanzania is on 19th, Sri Lanka 23rd, Malaysia 25th, Namibia 26th and Republic of Ireland on 29th position.
The tournament is organised for the seventh year by the Singapore Netball Federation and the country is participating at the event for the second time since 2010 when Taifa Queens finished third.