Uganda slip in new world netball rankings

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NEW INF RANKINGS
Rank Team Rating
1 Australia 189
2 New Zealand 177
3 England 163
4 Jamaica 137
5 Malawi 136
6 South Africa 134
14 Tanzania 76
15 Uganda 75
16 Botswana 60

Uganda has slipped one place from 14th to 15th in the newly released world netball rankings issued by the International Netball Federation (INF) earlier this week.

She Cranes, who won the Nations Cup in Singapore, have now been overtaken by Tanzania. The East African neighbours moved three positions up and now sit in 14th. For Uganda to step up the ladder, the She Cranes must not miss any international tournaments.

The new log justifies that only active member countries are certain of improving their ranking. “The challenge we have is to compete in as many tournaments so as to improve our rank. And this is only achievable if we plan better and attract more funding,” said Uganda Netball Federation president Susan Anek. “We intend to travel for the World Cup Qualifiers in September and we call upon individuals and companies to support us.”

The new rankings put Tanzania at third position in Africa as Malawi are on top with South Africa being second. Apart from Tanzania, other countries with notable moves include Canada, moving up three places to 20th whereas St Lucia has dropped three places to 18th.

Australia sit atop the chart with a rating of 189, pushing New Zealand back into second place with a rating of 177. The new ratings take into account results from recent events which have taken place between the April 2 and end June 2014.

odongoj@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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