Tanzania national netball team head coach Marry Waya has praised her players for winning the Six-Nation championship that ended in Singapore last week.
Waya said she has been impressed by the performance of her team. She said should the players maintain the dedication and sprit exhibited at the tournaments the country might sparkle at international stages.
“I’m happy that we have won the tournament. It was not that easy as the young players who were making their debut appearance at the International tournament displayed an impressive show. I think now we are one of the netball countries to reckon with,” she said.
Waya said after the Christmas recess she needs to meet the netball association (CHANETA) officials to discuss, among other things, sourcing of new players to beef the team ahead of future international tournaments.
The Tanzania team finished the preliminary round of the tournament with unbeaten run beating Malaysia 61-36, Sri Lanka 67-51, Republic of Ireland 67-24, Namibia 48-43 and hosts Singapore 51-34.
Waya said this is an indication that the country is progressing to new netball heights.
The tournament was played at Toa Poyoh Sports Hall and Malaysia, Namibia, Republic of Ireland, Sri Lanka and hosts Singapore competed.
Though the tournament was not organised by the International Netball Federation (IFINA), results of the event are likely to have an impact on the subsequent global ranks to be released next year.
As of now the IFINA ranking, of all the six teams which competed at the event, Singapore is at the helm positioned at 18th, Tanzania 19th, Sri Lanka 23rd, Malaysia 25th, Namibia 26th and Republic of Ireland on 29th.
The achievement is one of the rare in sports for the closing year beside Yanga’s Kagame Cup haul and Angel Eaton’s Uganda Open title triumph.