History to bemade on theSouth Coast

2015-06-18 06:01

Netball South Africa (NSA) President Mimi Mthethwa

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HAMMARSDALE and Mpumalanga township born and bred and Mgungundlovu centre player Bongiwe Msomi­ will lead the netball national team this week.

History will be made in other parts of KwaZulu-Natal when the Spar South African senior netball team, the Proteas play their games at Ugu Sports and Leisure­ Centre in Margate on KZN South Coast.

The Proteas will lock horns with Zambia, Uganda and their arch-rivals Malawi in the Diamond Challenge.

All four countries will represent Africa­ at the forthcoming Netball World Cup.

The South Coast event kicked off on the Youth Day, June 16, and will finish on Friday.

SA’s opening match on Wednesday was against Zambia.

Netball South Africa president Mimi Mthethwa said the Proteas are the national team, made up with players from all over the country, so her organisation always tries its best to stage fixtures in various parts of the country.

“I guess that’s why it’s called a national outfit because it belongs to the whole country and to all the South Africans­.

“It is also a wise exercise by NSA to take the Proteas to the people,” said Mthethwa.

The South Coast event will also give Proteas head coach Bennie Saayman a fair chance to scrutinise her team before choosing a final side to take to the World Cup which is scheduled for 7 to 16 August at the Allphones Arena and Netball Central in Australia.

Other influential KwaZulu-Natal-based players in the Proteas team are Precious Mthembu and Nokubonga Sibiya­

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