Excitement is building at Africa’s Travel Indaba as South Africa is just days away from hosting the Netball World Cup in Cape Town.
Sixteen countries will compete for the ultimate prize in netball from 28 July to 6 August at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).
There are currently 11 African countries listed in the latest World Netball Rankings, but only seven have ever played in the Netball World Cup. Of those seven, only four African countries will play in the 2023 edition: Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. All four qualifying countries are currently ranked within the top 20 netball teams globally.
As far as Africa goes, South Africa is the most successful team at the World Cup. Apart from achieving fourth place in 2019, the team also finished as bronze medallists in 1967, and silver medallists in 1995 in its nine appearances on the world stage.
There is an expectation that South Africa’s hosting of the Netball World Cup will contribute towards the growth of the sport in the coming years.