Muyaule tells NAZ to embark on talent identification


CECILIA ZULU, Sydney, Australia
MINISTRY of Youth and Sport chief sports development officer Gibson Muyaule has urged the Netball Association of Zambia (NAZ) to embark on a talent identification programme.
Muyaule said in an interview here on Monday that there is need to cast the net if Zambia is to bounce back strongly.
He said height contributed to Zambia’s group stage exit at the World Cup.
“We need to remain focused, we need to get the right players. At least players with the right height because I feel that is what has killed us. There is also need to work on players’ skill and also capacity building is very important,” Muyaule said.
Zambia lost 74-38 to Uganda, 71-44 to Wales and 59-51 to Fiji.
Muyaule described the performance as below average.
“It’s very painful to lose all the games in the group. There is somewhere we are lacking and we need to improve. I am sure the players and coaches have learnt something from what has happened here [at the World Cup,” he said.
Muyaule, who is also delegation leader, however, urged the players to forge forward.
“We are out of the main cup but it will be better if we manage to finish in the top 10. We need to fight hard. The competition we have entered now is very important because we are talking of rankings,” he said.
National Sports Council of Zambia general secretary Innocent Chalabesa said there is need to expose players.
“I am sure everyone who is present here today has learnt one or two lessons. There is need to expose players if we are to do better in future. I am confident in the next few years Zambia will be a team to reckon with once we work on the mistakes that have been exposed,” Chalabesa said.
NAZ president Gertrude Mukumi said the poor showing is a learning process.
“I am not happy with the results. It’s really disappointing to record such kind of results. But I can’t blame them [players], we need to commend everyone who has participated in this tournament because it was not easy.
“I hope we will do better in the ranking games and climb on the world ranking,” Mukumi said.

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