Unbeaten Proteas defend Africa Netball Cup title in Windhoek

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The SPAR Proteas remained unbeaten at the Africa Netball Cup to retain their title as champions following a victory over hosts Namibia on Tuesday.

South Africa coach Dorette Badenhorst made a few changes from the team that defeated Uganda 57-37 on Monday and saw the likes of Khanyisa Chawane, Lefebre Rademan and Ine Mari Venter starting.

It was a closely contested first quarter as Namibia took the game to South Africa with the Proteas holding a 16-10 lead.

In the second quarter, Badenhorst made a few positional changes midcourt as South Africa settled in the driving seat. Namibia could only secure six point in fifteen minutes as SA dominated 32-16.

The third quarter was jam-packed with action as Namibia managed to score double figures against South Africa. The hosts shot 12 goals against the Proteas' 17. As it has been the case throughout the tournament, the in-form South African side sealed the game in this quarter and ended it 49 -28.

With SA's fate sealed, Badenhorst gave some of the young players a run in the final quarter as they eventually sealed the match 65-39 - retaining the Africa Netball Cup title.

"We knew that Namibia will give us a run for our money, we understood that they will bring their A game here today and we needed to be ready for that," said Proteas assistant coach Dumisani Chauke.

"I am really proud of how the girls rallied together and made sure that they deliver for the team. Whoever we put in today understood what the assignment was, regardless of where you come from the KPI's do not change. We needed to make sure that we deliver."

South Africa's winning record in this tournament remained unmatched as they have yet to lose a match in this tournament since 2019.

Quarter Score Breakdown:

Q1: SA 16 - 10 Namibia

Q2: SA 32 - 16 Namibia

Q3: SA 49 - 28 Namibia

Q4: SA 65 - 39 Namibia

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