Tanzania Netball Association (CHANETA) chairperson, Anna Bayi.

The new netball rules which came into force on January 1, this year will be applied in the coming local league, according to the Tanzania Netball Association (CHANETA) chairperson, Anna Bayi.

The International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA) directed all its member associations to amend their rule books by January 1 and start applying them in their domestic leagues and international matches.

Speaking on Wednesday, Bayi said CHANETA members will meet on Sunday in Dar es Salaam where, among other things, the amended rules will be high on the agenda.

She said the meeting will discuss much on the new rules as delay in applying them could affect players, especially for the national team when they participate in international competitions.

“We will meet on Sunday and we expect to discuss many things, among them will be the issue of new IFNA rules. We want to know when we are going to start applying them and also the dates of the league,” said Bayi.

The news rules, among others, allow team officials and players to coach while play is in progress “provided that they remain seated or stand at their team bench”.

Coaching at the sideline is allowed at intervals and during stoppages.

Bayi also said as one way of improving the team on the IFNA ranking, the association has lined up a number of international games which will be played this year.

At the recent IFNA rankings, the netball national team maintained its 21st position.

Australia remains the world’s number one followed by New Zealand, England and Jamaica, while Malawi and South Africa maintained their 5th and 6th positions respectively.

Another African country in the IFNA rankings is Botswana which is on 16th position.

However, she refused to disclose the teams which they will face and also the dates of the matches, promising to disclose them after the Sunday meeting.

She said the national team needs to play IFNA recognized games between now and July when the rankings will be revised.

Bayi said she is confident that the team will improve on the rankings because they are managing transition of players and the young players are gaining experience.

“It’s our hope that this year we will improve on the rankings. We have young players who are gaining more experience and this will be the strong team,” she said.

By Joseph Mwendapole, The Guardian

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