Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

6 September 2010

Africa: Taifa Queens Post Winning Start in South Africa

Dar es Salaam — THE national netball team, Taifa Queens launched their campaigns in the Africa Netball Confederation (CANA) Championship in South Africa on a sound note, beating Lesotho 50-25 on Monday.

Reports from Pretoria said that Taifa Queens showed great skills and determination. Their intensity was simply a no match for their opponents. The Queens left the country on Sunday morning, with a contingent of 12 players and five officials brimming with confidence that they will shine at the tournament.

The arrival of new coach Simone Mcknnis from Australia also gave the team much impetus as acknowledged by the Tanzania Amateur Netball Association, CHANETA officials shortly before the team departed to South Africa for the tournament.

In another match yesterday hosts South Africa whitewashed Zimbabwe 64-29. Other countries that are competing in the qualifiers include hosts Botswana, Swaziland and Uganda. The countries that will finish first and second will join Malawi to represent Africa at the World Netball Championships in Singapore.

Malawi qualified because they are currently fifth in the world rankings. The other top ranked nations with automatic qualifications are Australia, New Zealand, England and Jamaica.

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