Botswana Netball Association (BONA) is keeping its fingers crossed that the national netball team puts up a five-star performance during the forthcoming 3rd Africa Netball Championships.
Local girls will be part of the Championships to be held in Blantyre, Malawi from June 24-29 2013.
Currently ranked third in Africa and 16th in the world the need to do extremely well consolidate their rankings especially with Uganda and Tanzania breathing heavily on Botswana’s neck.
Tebogo Lebotse, the BONA president recently confirmed the development.
Although she expressed happiness about the team rankings, Lebotse warned the netball fraternity of the pressure exerted on them by both Uganda and Tanzania.
“Tanzania is hot on our heels and is now ranked number 17 in the world,” said a seemingly worried Lebotse.
Lebotse said the Tanzanian netball has been experiencing a tremendous growth mainly due to their sterling performance at the previous Six Nations tournament held in Singapore last year.
The BONA boss also said Uganda recently hosted successful elections.
As the incumbent Africa Netball president, Lebotse confirmed that Uganda will be re-admitted into the forthcoming Africa Netball Championships scheduled for June.
“Uganda is a strong team and they beat us hands down at the All Africa Games on a number of occasions.
Tanzania also beat us at the 2012 Africa Netball Championships. We should be wary of these two countries,” she said.
Approached for a comment, the newly elected BONA Publicity Secretary Mmaneke Kelebogile Maplanka said they are currently working on a strategy that will help the girls to continue reigning above the two countries.