Tanzania’s Withdrawal Forces Change In Netball Playing Format

Tanzania’s Withdrawal Forces Change In Netball Playing Format

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By Brian Bariyo Tumuramye

Tanzania’s decision to pull out of the 2019 Africa Netball Championship has forced organisers to make some changes as the tournament kicked off in Cape Town, South Africa, on Friday.

Initially, Tanzania had confirmed to take place in this year’s edition but they were forced to withdraw due to financial constraints. This, therefore, meant Pool B was only left with three countries that are Uganda, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

It is upon this basis that the organisers decided to change the playing format from groups to round-robin. This also meant a change in the fixtures for the tournament slated to take place between 18th -24th October.

The team with most points at the end of the tournament will, therefore, be crowned champions just like it has been the case in the last two editions held in Kampala and Lusaka.

Defending champions Uganda were meant to start their title defence against Zimbabwe in the last game on Friday at Bellville velodrome at 9 PM (EAT), but Zimbawe didn’t show up for the game.

In the opening game, hosts South Africa,routed Lesotho 116-10 and the former will return in action against Malawi later on.

The other fixtures to be played on Friday will see Kenya taking on Zambia.

Revised Fixtures

Friday, 18th October 2019

  • South Africa 116-10 Lesotho
  • Kenya vs Zambia
  • South Africa vs Malawi
  • Uganda vs Zimbabwe

Saturday, 19th October 2019

  • Lesotho vs Kenya
  • South Africa vs Zimbabwe
  • Uganda vs Zambia
  • Kenya vs Malawi

Sunday, 22nd October 2019

  • Lesotho vs Uganda
  • Zimbabwe vs Kenya
  • Zambia vs Malawi
  • South Africa vs Uganda
  • Lesotho vs Zimbabwe

Monday, 21st October 2019

  • Uganda vs Malawi
  • South Africa vs Kenya
  • Zimbabwe vs Zambia
  • Lesotho vs Malawi

Tuesday, 22nd October 2019

  • Lesotho vs Zambia
  • Zimbabwe vs Malawi
  • Uganda vs Kenya
  • South Africa vs Zambia
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