NAZ identifies U-20 netball players

THE Netball Association of Zambia (NAZ) has identified some players from Young J, Chawama Edusport, Munali and Success Nets to join the under 20 national team.

NAZ treasurer Martha Sichone told journalist in Lusaka yesterday that the association would consider fusing outstanding players from the 2014 Pound Stretcher netball challenge which was scooped by Young J netball team.

Young J defeated Chawama Edusport 29-26 to scoop the 2014 trophy in a highly competitive final game played at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) on Saturday.

And Munali booked itself a third position after beating Success Nets of OYDC 13-12.

Tournament coordinator, Flavious Mushindu, told the Daily Nation immediately after the tournament that Young J, Chawama Edusport, Munali and Success Nets qualified to the semi-finals in a competition that started in July with eight teams.

“The four teams qualified to the semi finals of which Munali and Success Net competed for the third and fourth positions,” he said.

And Pound Stretcher country director, De Mel, who congratulated the champions, said the girls had a bright future.

“Our national team has a brighter future with this kind of talent which we have witnessed today,” he said.

De Mel urged the girls to continue working hard in netball, adding that the career would take them to greeter heights.

“Keep up with your talents, keep on practising. Hoping to have a good tournament next year,” he said.

And Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) Clement Chileshe described the tournament as a success.

Chileshe suggested that the young girls needed more competition that would help develop the sport.

“Unless we give them maximum competition the netball teams may not continue doing fine,” he said.

Chileshe also observed that Zambians coaches had a tendency of sticking to old players, leaving out upcoming players.