Uganda and Zimbabwe have sealed their qualification for Netball World Cup 2019 with a day to spare at the Regional Qualifier – Africa.
Uganda’s 64-56 defeat of Zambia this afternoon means Uganda and Zimbabwe cannot now be caught in the standings and take the two spots in Liverpool on offer, with one day of competition remaining at the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka, Zambia.
This is the first time Zimbabwe have qualified for the Netball World Cup and they have done so in style, winning all four of their games so far to secure their place at the World Cup.
Uganda – ranked 7th in the world – began the qualifier as favourites and did not disappoint, the She Cranes also giving a flawless display in their first four games to take the maximum eight points.
Uganda and Zimbabwe will face each other on the final day of competition.
Schedule for Saturday 18 August
9am (UK), 10am (local) Botswana vs Namibia
1pm (UK), 2pm (local) Uganda vs Zimbabwe
3pm (UK), 4pm (local) Namibia vs Zambia
Uganda and Zimbabwe will join Australia, England, Fiji, Jamaica, Malawi, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Samoa, Scotland and South Africa who have already qualified for next summer’s tournament. The final four teams will be confirmed in September following the regional qualifying events for the Americas and Asia regions. More information about the qualification process for the World Cup can be found here.