Harare – South Africa is ready to host Namibia and Uganda from March 25 to 31 in Cape Town in the Spar Challenge Netball Tri-Nation Series.
Namibia and Uganda have already named strong squads for the tournament, while the hosts started trials on March 14 to pick players for the national team and the President’s XII.
The Desert Jewels of Namibia will be making a return to the international stage following an induced break due to the COVID-19. A strong squad led by Toetsie Tjihero will be hoping to come out tops at the tourney, which will be Namibia’s debut at the tri-nations since its inception in 2016.
Vehonga “Wency” Ndjitaviua, Nambia’s technical director, said their main objective was to secure international ranking points.
“The aim is really to improve ranking and ensure players are kept active during that season. This will be our first time in the tournament but in the past we did participate in the Diamond Netball Challenge there. With the COVID-19 pandemic, Namibia was unable to secure any ranking points as all international games were cancelled,” said Ndjitaviua.
Stella Oyella, who has played in back-to-back World Cups for Uganda, will lead a team that mixes experience and untried talent. The veteran goal attack said the tri-nations was the perfect tune-up for the She Cranes as they begin the journey to the 2023 World Cup in South Africa.
“We have had the required training. Players are young and agile, most of them are new on the team, hence we expect to give South Africa, who had mastered our old squad, a challenge,” said Oyella.
With no supporters allowed as a COVID-19 control measure, netball lovers can follow the action on SuperSport.
Spar Challenge Tri-Nation Schedule
25 March: S Africa vs Namibia, S Africa U21 vs President’s XII, Official Opening Ceremony, S Africa vs Uganda
26 March: S Africa U21 vs President’s XII, Uganda vs Namibia
27 March: S Africa U21 vs Uganda, S Africa vs Namibia
28 March: Uganda vs Namibia, S Africa U21 vs President’s XII, S Africa vs Uganda
29 March: S Africa U21 vs President’s XII, Uganda vs Namibia
30 March: S Africa U21 vs President’s XII, S Africa vs Namibia,
31 March: Namibia vs President’s XII, S Africa vs Uganda, Awards Ceremony