Netball SA confirm Proteas series with Malawi Queens

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Netball South Africa (NSA) have announced on Thursday that the Proteas will face off against the Malawi Queens in a three-match Challenge Series from 26-30 November in Rustenburg.

This will be first time the Proteas will play since January 2020 when they lost the bronze playoffs at the Netball Nations Cup.

NSA director of selections Mpumi Javu and Proteas head coach Dorette Badenhorst spent time at the recently concluded Telkom Netball League as they announced a provisional 30-player squad.

The provincial squad will partake in a three-day training camp from 22 November in Sun City before a final team of 15 players will be confirmed for the Malawi series.

"As a team, we have been challenged by a difficult year riddled with Covid-19, we are thankful for the opportunity to play an International game this year. Playing against any African country is never easy, but this will be a great challenge for the players, and we are looking forward to building the team," said Badenhorst.

This will be first time South Africa and Malawi clash since the 2019 Africa Netball Africa Cup, which saw the Proteas triumph in Cape Town.

Due to the current lockdown regulations and restrictions, the 2020 Challenge Series will be played in a bubble environment with no spectators allowed.

According to the International Netball Federation (INF), South Africa and Malawi are ranked 5th and 6th in the world respectively and are both highest ranked in the continent. 

"2020 has been a very challenging year for Netball South Africa as we have had to reshuffle and revise our events calendar for the year, some of the things we had planned on doing have had to fall off due to coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown that came with it," said Cecilia Molokwane, Netball South Africa President.

"We were all concerned that we may not see our national team compete this year, I am delighted that we will have the Challenge series taking place this year against Malawi."

The selected provisional squad:

Defence: Phumza Maweni; Karla Pretorius; Nozipho Ntshangase; Nicola Smith; Shadine van der Merwe; Monique Reyneke; Ané Retief; Pamela Chukwu; Fezeka Sondzaba; Bongise Wete

Mid court: Izette Griesel; Bongiwe Msomi; Romé Joubert; Khanyisa Chawane; Marlize de Bruin; Lungile Mthembu; Shannen Bartlett; Tshina Mdau; Sikholiwe Mdletshe; Precious Mthembu

Shooters: Lefébre Rademan; Kamogelo Maseko; Nichole Taljaard; Nomfundo Mngomezulu; Renske Stoltz; Sigi Burger; Nonsikelelo Mazibuko; Elmeré van der Berg; Ine-Marí Venter; Lenize Potgieter

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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