The Netball Association of Zambia (NAZ) has announced that it will host an Independence Netball Tournament on October 17 to 18 in Chipata which will also be used for talent identification.
NAZ president Gertrude Mukumi said the annual event was expected to attract more than 30 teams from around the country.
“This event makes us look back at how we have fared in netball. 16 teams that include those from Northern Province have confirmed participation. I expect a tough competition this year,” Mukumi said.
She said the national team technical bench will use the tournament to identify talent as they looked ahead to the next World Cup.
She said there was need to begin nurturing new talent as some of the players that had participated at the World Cup tournament were aging.
“This will be a good platform for the technical bench to look for new talent. We need to start rebuilding the team, the current players will not all be around for the next world in 2019. The coach should have a wider base to select players from and create competition,” she said.
Mukumi said Zambia has massive talent but lacked financial sport to grow the talent.
“We hope the corporate world that assisted the team to travel to Australia will continue with the same support. The players need to feel motivated,” she said.