Proteas new coach earns high praise

2015-06-25 06:00
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Proteas neball team player Bongiwe Msomi.

PHOTO: sourced Proteas neball team player Bongiwe Msomi.

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MPUMALANGA-HAMMARSDALE born and SA senior netball player Bongiwe Msomi is one of the Proteas members who has praised the new coach, Norma Plummer.

Another Protea star who has praised Plumer­ is the Hillcrest and Inanda Seminary sport officer Precious Mthembu.

Msomi and Mthembu spoke to Echo last Friday­ after winning the annual Diamond Challenge­ after beating their arch-rivals Malawi­ 40-35 at Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre in Margate.

“I think Norma is very clear with her game plan. Her instructions are always direct, clear and loud,”said Msomi.

Mthembu said the new coach is very skilful, tactful, patient, technically advanced and believes her in players.

“Norma is very good in talking to her players. Since she took over there have been a lot of changes in the team. She is able to make us play for one another, for her and make us understand her instructions easily. She also displayed her trust in all players,”said Mthembu.

Last week four countries, the host, South Africa­, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia used the Diamond Challenge as part of their preparation for the INF World Cup in Australia from 7 to 16 August. Plummer says preparations are going smooth and she is happy so far.

“I am happy the way the team played during the Diamond Challenge tournament. The event revealed a couple of things in our game plans.

“I also felt the event brought us together as a team, gave us good preparations and we are ready for the World Cup.

“Our official sponsors, Spar, the federations, the national netball governing body, and Netball South Africa gave us all the support we needed.

“We are ready and we will go to the World Cup to play well. We will be able to hoist the SA flag aloft, and with pride.”

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