Rwanda Hold-Off Mali In Bamako


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She said there is no official communication availed to her office and she has been getting information of the tournament in Malawi through hearsay and media.

Kibira said during the recent meeting between her association and Zanzibar netball association (Chaneza) held in Zanzibar there was no discussion linking the Malawi event.

“Last Saturday, we meet in Zanzibar to discuss various netball development issues in the country but our participation at the Malawi championship was not raised. Actually we don’t know anything concerning the championship,” she said.

Kibira hinted that even if the invitation will be sent anytime from now we won’t have sufficient time to prepare a team for the tournament.

“Maybe the invitation letter was sent to office bearers of the previous committee, not us,” she said.

The Africa championship is an event sanctioned by the International Netball Federation (INF) and its results are used to rank teams.

Currently, Tanzania is on the 17th position on INF rankings based on the previous continental championship hosted in Dar es Salaam.

Teams expected to take part in the Africa championship include South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Tanzania and Swaziland.

Meanwhile Uganda started preparations for the tournament and expected to depart with 14 players, four players more than those travelled to All African games in Mozambique. But up to now the officials in Uganda netball federation are yet to confirm where to get funds to facilitate the team.

information pills geneva;”>The hosts fell behind d as early as the 33rd minute of the first half when Rwanda took the lead in the through Ugandan born striker Meddie Kagere of Tunisian club Zarzis.

However, approved bottom placed Rwanda ambitions of securing their first win in Group H sustained a dent in the 65th minute when APR midfielder Haruna Niyonzima was sent off by referee Med Said Kordi for a second bookable offence.

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Mali breathed a sigh of relief on 77 minutes when defender Mahamadou N’diaye of Portuguese club Vitoria Guimaraes equalised to see the two sides share the spoils in Bamako.

Sundays draw has left Mali chasing leaders Algeria on seven and nine points respectively after four rounds of matches played after the latter crushed hosts Benin 3-1 in the earlier kickoff in Porto Novo.

Mali must now beat third placed Benin who have four points on June 16 in their penultimate Group H match in Bamako.

The draw is a big blow for Mali who are still reeling following the departure of Patrice Carteron, who left last month to take up a lucrative deal with DR Congo club TP Mazembe.

Interim coach Pathe Diallo now switches his attention to third placed Benin who have four points whom they host on June 16 at the same venue.

Another draw or defeat for Mali this coming Sunday and a win for Algeria that same weekend away to Rwanda will end the 2013 Africa Cup bronze medal winners dreams of qualifying to next year s finals in Brazil.


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