This was stated by the Secretary General of the SCSA Mr. Sonstone Y. Kashiba at a meeting held in Manzini, Swaziland on Friday, 10th December 2010.
The meeting was conveyed by the SCSA to resolve problems militating against the development of Netball in Africa. It was attended by representatives of the Confederation of Southern Africa Netball Associations COSANA - Zone six (6), Confederation of Africa Netball Associations CANA, CANA Zone 3, 5 and the International Federation of Netball Association IFNA.
Mr. Kashiba who presided over the meeting stressed that, under the constitution, rules and regulations of the SCSA, CANA is the only legal body recognized by the SCSA. He asked all netball playing countries in Africa to co-operate with CANA, to organize and supervise the Netball Competition at the All-African-Games-Maputo-2011, which will be played for the first time as a medal sport. The IFNA representative, Tebogo Lebotse affirmed IFNA’s commitment to the effective development of Netball in Africa.
Miss Tebogo Lebotse said IFNA will not do anything to derail the organization of the Netball competition at the All-Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique in September next year.
The Director of marketing and Publicity of CANA, Rev. Emmanuel Niikoi of Ghana urged IFNA to spread its development projects equally to all Netball playing Zones in Africa and not to concentrate of CANA zone 6 alone in order to ensure even development. T
he Secretary General of CANA, Sharifa Khamis of Tanzania informed the meeting that all dues owed to CANA by Netball playing Countries in Africa over the years has been waived and such Countries will only be required to pay two hundred dollars as annual dues for 2011 to qualify to take part in the All Africa Netball Competition next year in Maputo, Mozambique. She affirmed CANA’s readiness to organize the Competition next year.
The Secretary General of the Confederation stressed that membership of the technical Committee of the competition will be drawn from all Netball zones and stakeholders on the continent including COSANA zone 6. All delegates at the meeting agreed to the conclusions arrived at.
Earlier in a welcome address, Mr. Kashiba said, the presence of the main stakeholders of the Africa and world Netball bodies at the meeting testifies to their commitment to the development of Netball in Africa and beyond.
He said the meeting is the continuation of the consultative meeting held in October this year in Maputo. Mr. Kashiba said, the successful organization of the Netball Competition during the upcoming All-African Games-Maputo-2011 and the future of African Netball in general require that all stakeholders put aside all partisan quarrels and selfishness and foster unity within the African Netball family. By so doing, we shall give a chance to young athletes practicing this discipline to succeed remarkably at the International level, he asserted.
Mr. Kashiba finally thanked the Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs of Swaziland Hlob’sile Ndlovu for hosting the meeting on the sidelines of the SCSA zone 6 under 20 Youth Games.
REV. E. D. NIIKOI
ZONE 3 PRESIDENT