ZAMBIA has finished 14th at the Sydney World Cup Netball Championship that ended yesterday after the team lost 53-38 to Barbados in a ranking game at Allphones Arena in Australia.
And coach Charles Zulu said most of the Zambian players were old and could not match the speed of younger players from other countries.
“Our players could not match the speed of younger players from other countries. But these are the players we had and they tried their level best. The sport of netball has died in our schools hence the reduced competition.
“This sport should be revamped to produce young skilful netballers to take over from the current team,” he said.
He said the players had tremendously improved since their first game against Uganda and was confident of a better performance in the next assignments.
The Zambian team who were ranked under-dogs at the tournament only managed to win two games out of eight played.
Zambia lost all their preliminary matches against Uganda 74-38, Wales 71-44 and Fiji 59-51.
They went on to lose the first ranking game against Trinidad and Tobago with a score line of 66-39. The fifth defeat was against Samoa 55-53.
The Zambian Queens upped their game to win the sixth match against Singapore 67-36 and further beat Sri Lanka 70-36.
Zulu said his side was making a maiden appearance and therefore had so much to learn from the tournament.
And Australia is the 2015 World Champions after they defeated the Silver Ferns of New Zealand 58-55.
England earned a bronze for the third place after they beat Jamaica 66-44.