NETBALL Association of Zambia (NAZ) general secretary Pritchard Ngoma says he deserves another term in office to ensure that structures are established at district level and strengthen ties with the sponsors.
Ngoma, who will be re-contesting his post at the March 12 NAZ elective annual general meeting at Lusaka’s National Sports Development Centre (NASDEC), said in an interview yesterday that the current executive has worked tirelessly to bring honour to a sport that lacked sponsorship.
He said it took passion and hard work to ensure Zambia made her maiden appearance at the 2015 Sydney World Cup yet struggling financially.
“I will re-contest my positions to ensure continued success in the game. I am looking at widening or establishing workable structures in districts. The target is to establish leagues in different regions. This will help enhance talent in rural arrears,” he said.
He said NAZ needed individuals that were ready to sacrifice their time to find sponsorship for the national teams.
Ngoma said the aim was to qualify a team to the Commonwealth Games but that his goal was to obtain financial and material support to see Zambia compete in different tournaments and get a top 10 ranking.
“Netball doesn’t receive much financial support and hence we need individuals that already have an idea of wooing sponsors. Zambia needs to compete in every international event to improve her ranking because only the top 10 teams will qualify for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“Simple as it may sound, the team needs financial investment to achieve this dream. I think the incumbent executive has created connections with the corporate world and shown transparency in the disbursement of funds,” he said.
Ngoma said it was unfortunate that no members were coming fourth to challenge him but he will wait for the day of elections.
“I think they have seen that the game is headed for good prospects. They are waiting for the 11th hour notice. But we believe in good governance and nominations will be open till the election day,” he said.