In yet another build-up tournament ahead of the 2023 Netball World Cup, the City of Cape Town is hosting the Africa Netball Cup at the Bellville Velodrome from today. Read more below:
The Africa Netball Cup tournament kicked off earlier today and concludes on Tuesday 22 October 2019 at the Bellville Velodrome.
The City of Cape Town is a sponsor and supporter of the five-day event.
Seven African teams including South Africa, Uganda, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya and Lesotho will be competing as they look to be crowned the champions of Africa.
Following the recently concluded Netball World Cup in Liverpool, four of the teams who will be competing in Cape Town including South Africa are ranked in the top 8 in the world.
In March, Cape Town was announced as the host city for the Netball World Cup in 2023 after a successful inter-governmental bid which included the national and provincial governments as well as Netball South Africa.
The 2023 Netball World Cup will be the first tournament hosted on African soil in the competition’s 50-year history.
‘As the host city for the 2023 Netball World Cup, the City of Cape Town is proud to be providing a stage for these African teams to display their sporting skills.
‘Hosting the African Netball Championships provides us with an opportunity as a city as well as our partners to demonstrate our capabilities of staging a world-class netball tournament.
‘This competition is one of the build-up events leading up to the 2023 Netball World Cup and is an opportunity to gain support from other African countries to make this a truly African world cup,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
Netball has the second largest number of participants of any sport in South Africa with a majority of the players being women.
‘We believe the Africa Netball Cup and the upcoming Netball World Cup in Cape Town will raise the game’s profile, inspire the next generation of players as well as empower women in sports. We would like to encourage residents to get fully behind this tournament and support netball’, added Alderman Smith.
Tickets are available at the entrance and are R20 for adults and R10 for children.