Net­ball team moves up world rank­ings

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Allen Khu­malo Sports Re­porter

THE Zim­babwe net­ball team has moved four places up the lad­der in the In­ter­na­tional Net­ball Fed­er­a­tion (INF) world rank­ings. The girls are now ranked 17. In the last rank­ings in Au­gust Zim­babwe was ranked 21 but ac­cord­ing to the rank­ings which were up­dated last week by the INF based on the matches played up to Oc­to­ber 23, 2016, the team has moved up.

e list re­lates to se­nior teams of INF mem­ber coun­tries that are play­ing reg­u­lar in­ter­na­tional test matches.

Zim­babwe Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (ZINA) pres­i­dent Leti­cia Chipandu said this is a good sign and it marks the evo­lu­tion of the sport in the coun­try.

She said the im­prove­ment in the rank­ings is a re­sult of the team’s hard work in the World Youth Qual­i­fiers which saw them be­ing ranked sec­ond in Africa and qual­i­fy­ing for the World Cup next year.

The team also took part in the Di­a­mond Net­ball Chal­lenge which was held in Dur­ban in Septem­ber and they came sec­ond.

“This is the be­gin­ning of a new era for the sport in the coun­try. This is clear ev­i­dence of the growth of net­ball. Not just that but also the qual­ity of our per­for­mance in re­cent com­pe­ti­tions has re­ally im­proved. We would like to thank the coaches for their ded­i­ca­tion in im­prov­ing the sport and lead­ing us,” she said.

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