“Maweni, Mthembu ripe for nternational status...,”

2017-06-15 06:01
Phumza Maweni (left) and Precious Mthembu are good enough to join international netball leagues to gain more experience.Photo: Backpagepix

Phumza Maweni (left) and Precious Mthembu are good enough to join international netball leagues to gain more experience.Photo: Backpagepix

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The Spar Proteas’ Phumza Maweni and Precious Mthembu are good enough to be playing in international netball leagues, reckons consulting coach Norma Plummer.

The Australian mentor is hoping the duo will put in performances at the Sanzea Quad Series and other international competitions that will draw the attention of overseas coaches.

South Africa’s Karla Mostert, Erin Burger, Lenize Potgieter and Bongiwe Msomi all currently ply their trade in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom respectively.

Mostert’s Sunshine Coast Lighting are playing in the Suncorp Super Netball grand final on Saturday, while Msomi won the Vitality Netball Super League with the Wasps last weekend.

Plummer said international moves also depended on what different clubs were looking for in their respective teams.

“We have four players playing in international competitions. The experience they are getting there will be important for the Proteas going forward on international level. We need to get more players involved there,” said the experienced coach.

“I would like to see Phumza play internationally and Precious too. She is excellent in wing defence.”

Maweni played for the Western Cape Southern Stings in the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League and Mthembu captained the KwaZulu-Natal Kingdom Stars.

The duo have made Plummer’s 26-woman-squad who will go into a training camp next month.

Kefiloe Tsotetsi and the experienced Vanes-Marie du Toit have been dropped from the squad after below-par performances in the eight week long Premier League.

“Our aim is to pick the best Proteas we have, including young players to develop. We picked some Under-21 players for the squad although we are not a development programme. We need to have young players to build for the future,” the coach added.

Plummer and her assistant, Nicole Cusack, will return to the country on 13 July to prepare the team for the Quad Series, a tour to Fiji and the Diamond Challenge set for November.

She said: “We have a full programme. We have been invited to Fiji for a series and we have the Diamond Challenge in November as well. It will be announced once the invited teams confirm their participation.”

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