The year 2020 has been a nightmare for international sport and the Netball Proteas haven’t been spared.

Without international tournament, the national netball team haven’t been able to build on the gains of their 2019 World Cup.

The Proteas were last in action in January 2020 during the Netball Nations Cup.

They will take on the Malawi Queens in the series, scheduled Rustenburg in between the 26th to 30th.

Proteas coach Dorette Badenhorst has called up a provisional squad of 30 players who will partake in a three-day training camp from the 22nd of November in Sun City before a final team of 15 players is confirmed.

She has admitted to the difficulties she has faced picking her team for the upcoming three-match series against Malawi and further explained that she only relied on the recent Telkom Netball League tourney to pick the current squad.

”Not all players available for international competition. For this reason, we will identify players at the Spar National Champs and add them to the squad if necessary, ” Badenhorst said.

”We also have a few injuries during the TNL and we wait for those players to return.

”During selection, we look at players who will be able to perform at an international level. Not all players get good coaching or enough opportunities to play in their regions and provinces.

”Some will always be good at a national level but will struggle at an international level, especially if you look at their build and height because they will compete against players who are professional in this sport and are training every day of the week. 

”We need to be prepared to play against those players.”

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

Midcourt: 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

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