The Spar Proteas are set to face world number three, England and Malawi in a closed door test games in Cape Town, as part of their preparations ahead of this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Proteas coach, Dorette Badenhorst says the matches will be perfect a chance for players to secure their spots in the team:
“We gave in 40 names to SASCOC to select Team South Africa to go and represent ummh Team South Africa the Netball and I think it’s important to know it will be selected out of those players we will announce although World Cup (WC) it’s still…there is no names set for WC yet and I think it’s just for players to show I’m still lifting m hand, I’m still in for this, I want to perform”
Netball South Africa (NSA) recently contract 24 players who will devote their time and energy to the sport as the federation works to making netball professional in the country.
Badenhorst says the door is not closed to other players who are not in the 24:
“We can look at players that are performing and we make maybe a difference and pull those players in, so it’s definitely there is no close doors with us there is always opportunity for players to perform at a national league like this great platform to look at players”
Spar Proteas captain, Bongiwe Msomi believes having the Commonwealth Games a year before the 2023 Netball World Cup, is the perfect test to see how far South Africa is from the dream of making it to the podium again.
By Busisiwe Mokwena