WINDHOEK – Speaking to New Era Sports yesterday, All Namibia Netball Association (ANNA) Secretary-General, Dalene Coetzee revealed that their annual general meeting did take place on Saturday in the capital and topping the agenda was ANNA’s persistent financial troubles.
Coetzee also singled out the much-anticipated tri-nations tourney ANNA plans to host later this year, saying despite the adverse financial circumstances stacked against them, ANNA is determined and will be working tirelessly around the clock in search of potential sponsors to make the tourney a reality.
She further noted that ANNA’s regional development programmes of stationing a regional body in all thirteen regions were still in the pipeline and would be in full flow once adequate funds are secured.
Coetzee further confirmed that they have already submitted their request to the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA) to compete at the Under-21 World Championships to be hosted in Scotland in September next year and added that they still have to raise funds for that trip and select the final entourage.
Financial constraints played a key role in Namibia’s failure to partake in this year’s African Netball Championships, which took place in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam early this year.
Coetzee assured the nation that even with or without sponsors, the senior team would still be participating in this year’s Six-Nations Cup to be hosted by Singapore, adding that the Under-20 team will likewise be touring Zambia to go and compete in the Youth Games, scheduled for December.