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Africa Netball Cup rocked by withdrawals

By Faith Kiai

Added 20th October 2019 12:00 AM

Tanzania withdrew and Namibia opted to go for a tournament in Singapore

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Tanzania withdrew and Namibia opted to go for a tournament in Singapore

Africa Netball Cup (Sunday)

Lesotho v Uganda (9 am) 

South Africa V Uganda (3 pm)

Uganda’s journey at the Africa Netball Cup was off to a very eventful start after their opening round opponents Zimbabwe failed to arrive for the match on time handing them the walkover.

The game which was initially planned for Friday morning was rescheduled after group B opponents Tanzania pulled out in the last minute.

The Zimbabweans who were still looking for resources also left Harare very late so they could not make it to the match on time, handing the She Cranes the match.

Late withdrawals

The organisers have been thrown into a tailspin with the late withdrawals of Tanzania and the Namibians who opted to go for a tournament in Singapore.

With this development, the tournament format has now changed to a round-robin format with the hosts South Africa leading the way after their two wins on day one.

Uganda on Saturday finally played their first game against Zambia and will look towards picking a win today against Lesotho who has struggled a lot.

Later in the afternoon, they will come up against the hot tournament favourites South Africa who they need to beat to keep their title defence chances alive.

Lesotho annihilated on the opening day by South Africa who posted their highest score in a netball match with a 116-10 scoreline.

This has set the tone for the competition and most teams are clamouring to live up to their performance.

World Cup preparation

This event for all intents and purposes is a dress rehearsal for the 2023 Netball World Cup that South Africa will host.

Fans did not flock the event early on the opening day but they came in for the evening session which was well attended by mostly students and schools.

Like most of the International Netball Federation events, there will be no prize money for the winners.

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