Netball’s Phumza spreads wings

2018-12-13 06:02
Phumza Maweni talking to the coaches and players during the coaching clinics.PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

Phumza Maweni talking to the coaches and players during the coaching clinics.PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

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Netball coaches and players from the Cape Flats gathered at the Khayelitsha Rugby Stadium last Saturday for coaching clinics organised by Spar Protea Netball player Phumza Maweni.

Some members who attended the event were from Strand, Langa, Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha.

Phumza used to be a defender for the Vultures Netball team from Site C.

She said the aim of the clinics was to give back to the community and share her experience with young players.

The lanky defender said she will be joining an Australian outfit known as Sunshine Coast Lightning in 2019.

“This year I was playing in United Kingdom in a Vital Super League for Seven Stars, for the second time because I was playing in the same league in 2015 for Loughborough Lightning,” she declared.

She added she wanted to ensure that when she leaves for Europe next month, she leaves behind a vast knowledge of netball.

“I’ll ensure that when I come back, I do a follow up to continue where I left off.

“Next year, on my return, I plan to have coaching clinics at least three times a year,” said Phumza.

Vultures Netball coach Cecillia Zinkumbi congratulated Phumza for the move to Australia, saying she expects her to put Khayelitsha on the map.

During the sessions she taught players netball skills and how to behave on and off the field.

She has encouraged them to keep on exercising all the time in order to stay fit.

Zinkumbi said the Vultures have produced a lot of players for the province.

“Phumza used to play for us, and is the only person who has managed to play for the national team and abroad.

This year, five players plied their skills for the province, but four have withdrawn because of lacking of funding.

Zinkumbi added that when a player is selected, they have to pay for their own fares.

Lisa Nyamza (17), who plays for the Dynamites Netball Club in Khayelitsha, described the coaching clinics as beneficial for emerging players.

“She taught us the basic skills and communication on and off the field.” Nyamza said.

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