Tanzania out of world netball rankings

19Apr 2016
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Tanzania out of world netball rankings

TANZANIA Netball is still not ranked by the International Netball Federation (INF), the federation announced on its recent release.

Action between players during a netball championship in Dar es Salaam.

Tanzania was suspended on the INF rankings some years ago due to its inactivity at international platform.

INF on its release says Tanzania and nine other countries namely Argentina, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Malta, Vanuatu and Tonga have a rating but can get full ranking once they play eight games.

In the rankings, INF said there is no change in the top-placed 14 teams which have maintained the top seven teams of Australia as a top team followed by New Zealand, England, Jamaica, South Africa, Malawi and Fiji.

Other teams on the top 14 rankings include Wales, Trinidad and Tobago, Scotland, Barbados, Northern Ireland, Uganda and Samoa.

“The INF has updated its rankings to reflect matches played during the Constellation Cup and the Switzerland versus Canada Test Series both held in October, the Nations Cup held in December, and the England versus Australia Test Series held in January 2016.

Following this activity, there is no change to the ranking for the top 14 teams. However, Papua New Guinea has moved up one place to 15, with Singapore dropping one position to 16.

“As a result of Canada’s win over Switzerland they now gain two places in the rankings, moving up to 19. Botswana subsequently moves down one place to 20 and Zimbabwe also drops a place to 21, Chinese Taipei has now played enough games to gain a ranking position and is placed at 33”, said part of the release.

The last time Tanzania netball played the international match was in 2015 in Botswana during the Africa Netball Championships where they lost to champions Zimbabwe 37-28.

However, according to prevailing circumstances it seems it will take time for Tanzania netball to get back into the INF rankings amid inactivity.

Tanzania is supposed to send it’s under 21 team to the Botswana 2017 World youth cup qualifiers in July, but up to now the association has not assembled or named the squad for the tournament.

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