Netball Association of Tanzania, Chaneta, has promised to release the final squad selection of the country’s national team on Friday, ahead of the international championship that gets underway on September 28 in Dar es Salaam.
Chaneta’s chairperson Anna Bayi said coaches Carter Carpenter and Mary Protas have already selected their final squad of 12 players out of the provisional team of 30.
The announcement of the team has been necessarily delayed so as not to affect the team’s final drills as dropouts will be highly demoralised to abide to the training programmes.
The provisional team joined the camp at the Filbert Bayi school located in Kibaha for a month long training stint ahead of next week’s showdown.
Chaneta has failed to organise a friendly international to gauge the prowess of the host team that open title campaign against Lesotho.
Missing to play an international event has been mainly caused by lack of sufficient time as claimed by Bayi.
South Africa, Malawi and Namibia teams are currently featuring in the COSANA tournament as a build up towards next week’s event.
Despite missing the friendlies, surprisingly Bayi drew optimism for the team to excel with a home ground advantage as a morale booster.
“We are doing everything possible for the team to perform well in the championship and hopefully we are set to emerge victorious,” said Bayi.
She said morale is high at the camp and players are responding well to training programmes under the coaching duo.
Meanwhile, Bayi said the six umpires earmarked for the tournament are expected to arrive in Dar es Salaam this weekend.
Among them are three South Africans, Marielou Van de Merwe, Therese Prince and Henette Brewer, England duo of Chris Wilson Smith and Haether Gleadal and New Zealander Jonathan Bredin
Ten teams including the hosts have confirmed to compete in the championship.
Zanzibar netball association has been left at the crossroads as Chaneza leaders have boycotted the event on the grounds of insufficient cooperation in organising the event.