IFN suspends Dar netball for unpaid subscriptions

06Jun 2016
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
IFN suspends Dar netball for unpaid subscriptions

THE International Netball Federation (INF) has suspended the country from competing at all international netball competitions due to unpaid annual fees for three years in a row.

Anna Kibira addressing the public

According to INF each member association pays 400 pounds as annual fees and after payment the association attends all meetings, seminars and international tournament organised by the international federation.

Netball association of Tanzania (CHANETA) chairperson Anna Kibira on Thursday asked this reporter for more time but when she was contacted later she could not pick up her phone, and so the game continued throughout the weekend.

However, past immediate chairperson of the association Anna Bayi on Thursday said during her reign they were paying the annual fee to INF, but refused to comment anything in connection with what is happening in the current leadership.

She confirmed that without paying the annual fee the association is not eligible to attend any INF meeting and also any tournament or competition organized by the international body.

“Yes it was during my time that we started paying the annual fees to the international netball federation, that is why we were even competing at international events organised by INF and we were also attending the meetings and seminars organised by the body, but I don’t know if the current leadership is paying or not”, she said.

The current leadership of CHANETA came into power in 2013, by that time the country was on position three in Africa, the last time they competed at an international event was in 2014 in Botswana.

Due to its inactive at international events, the country loses out on scoring rating points and has been removed from IFN rankings.
It also not known if the country will send its team to the forthcoming Africa Netball World Youth Cup qualifiers to be staged in Gaborone from July 23 to 30.
The championship is important as it helps to nurture young players before joining the senior team.