The Draw for the Netball World Youth Cup Gaborone 2017 draw took place this morning at the Gaborone International Convention Centre during an intimate breakfast ocassion. The event was graced by the Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Deelopment, Honourable Thapelo Olopeng, Minister of basic education Honourable Unity Dow, Botswana Netball Association Patron, Honorable Botlogile Tshireletso, International Netball Federation president Honorable Molly Rhone and Africa Netball President Mr. Tebogo LebotseSebego. Dignitaries from Botswana Sports, netball and corporate fraternity also came to witness the draw. Indeed a memorable day, teams walked away knowing who they would battle against come 2017 and begin to prepare adequately for their opponents.
The Netball World youth Cup being hosted in Botswana will open great opportunities for the country and will go down in history as a momentous occasion for the country. Giving the welcoming remarks, The Minister of Youth Sports and Culture, Hon. Thapelo Olopeng validated this by stating that ‘Botswana is the first African country to host the world cup and as a Ministry we are behind netball and will continue to invest in Sports’.
During the draw, excitement and grumbling came from the crowd upon hearing that Botswana was in the same pool as tough teams Uganda and Jamaica. The twenty (20) teams who qualified for the Netball World Youth Cup in Gaborone 2017, had an opportunity to find out which pools they would be in. The results were announced as follows.
- New Zealand
- Sri Lanka
- Northern Ireland
- South Africa
- Cook lsands
- Trinidad & Tabago