THE Zimbabwe senior netball team will battle for top spot when they take part in the Africa Championships World Cup qualifiers in Botswana this month as they seek one of two Africa’s slots for the World Cup to be held in Australia next year.
Malawi and South Africa have already qualified for the world showcase by virtue of being the fifth and sixth placed teams in the world.
Zimbabwe Netball Association president Leticia Chipandu spoke to Southern Eye Sport regarding preparations for the qualifiers expected to run from 14 to 21 September.
“The Zimbabwe netball team is in camp at Malbereign Girls High School in Harare. The team went into camp yesterday (Sunday) in preparation for the African Championship World Cup qualifiers for the World Cup to be held in Australia,” she said.
Chipandu added she was confident that the team can make it.
“We do have the capability to do well in the competition. We are looking forward it to it because we want to give it our best shot.
Malawi is number five in the world while South African is number six so two more Africa representatives will be selected in Botswana,” she said.
“The competition is very important because if we perform well that will improve our world rankings. We are number 26 so we need to improve.”
Chipandu appealed for sponsorship saying they were only relying on the little money that they had as an association.
However, the national team has not been together for a long time as they last played together when they took part in the Diamond Challenge international netball series in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, late last year.
The World Cup is held every four years and features the top 16 teams from around the globe.