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Re a Ba Tsaa squad revealed

Publishing Date : 19 June, 2017


With the whistle just about to blow to signal the official start of the historic Netball World Youth Cup (NWYC) slated for the 8th of next month until the 16th, the 15 girls that will be clad in blue/black and white All Kasi regalia representing this nation in the tournament have been revealed.

The team which touched down in Botswana this week following a long spell in Australia and Singapore preparing for the mega-event is confident of making this nation proud. The usually pessimistic coach, Setshedi Botlhole-Mmopi, this week expressed optimism about the team saying the tour has given her hope.

“There is a lot of improvement in the team and there are new faces. We want a top eight finish and I’m confident that we will manage, we will do our best to get it,” she said. The local team which is doing ‘fine’ on the preparations has been pitted against Jamaica, Uganda, Malaysia and Cook Islands in group C.

Mmopi said the results from those countries which are renowned as the best netball countries and hold the game in high and play it professionally, is a sign that indeed that they can stun the world with both performance and results. “We were in Perth (Australia) where we played with teams across all spectrums (U-19, 21 and senior teams) we drew one, three wins and lost only once. From there we participated in another tournament where we played six games of which we won all of them,” the confident coach told Weekendsport on Thursday morning just before the training session.

The local girls who have been under intensive preparations after Australia left their mark in Singapore defeating the Asian country’s Under 21 team by 55-24 before thrashing them by 58-24. This according to the coach is enough for opponents to be cognizant of the incoming possibilities.  The team is expected to tour the whole country with the trophy in a bid to hype the mood for first ever world cup in Botswana.

With ticket sales already open and costing an affordable P30, locals have been urged to buy in time and on large numbers as the internationals are already making their intentions clear in purchasing. The tickets can be bought through Web-Tickets and or at Spar outlets across the country. With this amount, a netball fan is assured of at least four games within one arena, which makes it a competitive bargaining.



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