From the 13 – 18 August 2018, the Netball World Cup Regional Qualifier – Africa will see six nations compete to qualify for next year’s tournament in Liverpool.
The event, to be held at Zambia’s Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka, will see Zambia, Botswana, Uganda, Kenya, Namibia and Zimbabwe fight for the two qualifying spots on offer.
Competition between the nations is likely to be fierce, with Uganda – ranked 7th in the world starting as favourites to secure a place in Liverpool. Zimbabwe are the next highest ranked team in the competition at 13th, behind Zambia – who qualified for the last World Cup in Sydney 2015 – in 17th, Botswana (22nd) and Namibia (28th).
Despite the difference in world rankings, the qualifier looks set to be close – in June’s Debmarine Netball Namibia Pent Series Namibia came out on top, ahead of Zimbabwe in second and Zambia in third.
Despite having qualified automatically for next summer’s World Cup, due to their top-six world ranking, Malawi will also compete at the Regional Qualifiers – Africa, as the qualifying tournament doubles up as the Africa Netball Championship.
View the schedule below to see which teams will play each other over the four days.
Monday 13 August
Zambia vs Botswana
Tuesday 14 August
Malawi vs Zimbabwe (Africa Netball Championship)
Namibia vs Uganda
Kenya vs Zambia
Botswana vs Zimbabwe
Wednesday 15 August
Malawi vs Uganda (Africa Netball Championship)
Namibia vs Kenya
Zimbabwe vs Zambia
Botswana vs Malawi (Africa Netball Championship)
Thursday 16 August
Uganda vs Kenya
Zambia vs Malawi (Africa Netball Championship)
Zimbabwe vs Namibia
Uganda vs Botswana
Friday 17 August
Zimbabwe vs Kenya
Malawi vs Namibia (Africa Netball Championship)
Zambia vs Uganda
Kenya vs Botswana
Saturday 18 August
Botswana vs Namibia
Kenya vs Malawi (Africa Netball Championship)
Uganda vs Zimbabwe
Namibia vs Zambia