Zambia set to shine in absence of Africa's netball powerhouses at tournament in Botswana
Zambia beat Tanzania 55-37 in their first game at an African 5-nation netball tournament in Botswana yesterday as they set to show why they deserved a place at the 2015 World Netball Cup to be held in Australia.
The three top African teams Malawi, South Africa and Uganda are absent due to financial reasons for the case of Malawi and Uganda, while South Africa have not explained their absence.
The tournament was initially meant to be the African Netball Championship and had been scheduled for Namibia. However, Namibia pulled out just a week before the scheduled start.
Zambia and Tanzania are expected to dominate the tournament. Tanzania are the top ranked team participating but have not played international netball for over two years.
In other games, Swaziland shocked the hosts Botswana with a narrow 44-42 win in the opening game on Sunday. Yesterday, Swaziland failed to repeat the heroics as they fell 35-49 to a more experienced Zimbabwe side.
Despite losing against lowly Swaziland, home team Botswana has picked up pace. Botswana beat Tanzania 47-39 and drew with Zimbabwe 47-47.
Botswana 42 Swaziland 44
Zambia 55 Tanzania 37
Swaziland 35 Zimbabwe 49
Botswana 47 Tanzania 39
Botswana 47 Zimbabwe 47
Swaziland 47 Tanzania 44