THE Netball Association of Zambia (NAZ) has said it will scoop the first position prize in the next month's fifth edition of the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) Zone Six Under-20 games to be held in Lusaka from December 4-17.
NAZ general secretary Prichard Ngoma said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the team, which has been training for some time now ahead of the regional games, was responding well to training under the tutelage of Charles Zulu.
He said NAZ will take advantage of Zambia's hosting of the games and would aim for the first position, saying his association would ensure that the team acquired enough training for the competition.
Ngoma said the team was training hard to ensure it was well equipped in all areas so that when the championship starts on December 4 they will be ready to reap medals.
"We are hosting the Zone Six games. We are not going to be there as more participants, but we are aiming at getting the first medal in the competition.
We will do everything to ensure the players get proper preparations," Ngoma said.
He said the association was planning to have two international preparatory matches before the games, but that had proven difficult for the association because of lack of funds and more so because the association constituted two male teams to help the Under-20 team to prepare for the games.
Ngoma said the male teams would help the Zone Six team prepare in terms of strength and speed, adding that it would have been better if the team had international friendly games for players to have that exposure as most of the players were young.
The team representing Zambia includes Dailess Phiri, Rhoda Zulu, Esther Pambu, Mary Mweemba, Jessica Matipa, Tina Saikolo, Dyness Bwalya, Vera Jere, Harriet Mwenya, Catherine Banda and Elizabeth Mwaba.
Countries expected to take part in the games are Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The sports disciplines to be competed for include athletics, also for visually impaired, basketball, boxing, football, judo, netball, tennis, soccer and swimming.