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Nam excited with South Africa’s World Cup

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By Mphatso Malidadi:

Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) has said International Netball Federation’s (INF) announcement of South Africa as hosts for the 2023 Netball World Cup is good for African netball.

INF announced on Thursday that Netball South Africa had won the rights to host the 16th edition of the Netball World Cup in 2023.

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According to a statement from the world netball governing body, the tournament will be held at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town.

This is the first time that the Netball World Cup will be held in Africa.

Nam General Secretary, Carol Bapu, said Malawi stands a chance to do well at the tournament as it will be played in a country whose weather conditions are familiar to the players.

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Bapu said African teams should take advantage of the competition to build strong teams capable of winning the competition.

“We are excited with the development. This is good news for the continent. As Africans, we need to rally behind each other to make a mark,” she said.

Bapu said Malawi should also explore and utilise opportunities that will emerge from South Africa’s hosting of the global showpiece.

“This will be a chance for many netball lovers from across Africa to witness the event for the first time ever. Such big competitions are vital in the economies of host countries and their neighbours,” he said.

INF President, Molly Rhone said South Africa was awarded the rights ahead of New Zealand.

“We were delighted to receive two exceptional bids and the INF board was satisfied that both Netball New Zealand and Netball South Africa would be capable of hosting a successful and thrilling NWC2023.

“The board decided that the significant investment that the South African government and Western Cape were prepared to make over the next four years in netball facilities and coaching programmes in South Africa, the African continent and beyond would deliver a greater impact on the development of global netball.

“This is an exciting time for netball. Our sport is growing in popularity at an unprecedented rate throughout the world. There is increasing competitiveness between the top nations and now three teams from Africa feature in the top 10 of the INF World Rankings,” she said.

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