Monumental epoch for Netball SA conferring contracts for players.

Netball SA has embarked on a historic era of contracting players for the first time in its existence. National players have been conferred upon contracts by the federation, which include the underlying factors of also building up to the World Cup in Cape Town next year.
Given the variety of talent South Africa has to give, NSA President Cecilia Molokwane and her colleagues have gone through a lot of viewing and processing in terms of finally coming up with the final 24 players to be signed up. 17 of these players are locally based which gives the local netball league – Telkom Netball League a positive acknowledgment of producing talent.

Netball South Africa has never contracted players before. Players’ dreams have come true. Even though we’re starting with 24 which is a small number, we wish it to grow and be a bigger number in the future”, said Molokwane on Tuesday.

Netball South Africa is not contracting the players only, but also contracting the management. This is to ensure that when the SPAR Proteas report for the national duty at the Netball World Cup on home soil, they’re ready and prepared to lead the players to represent the country.

The contracts will be performance-based and players may lose them if they experience a drop in their performances. SPAR Proteas Coach Dorette explained the selection process of the 24 players and mentioned that there were training programmes put together by the coaches that required players to attend.

“We had a selection camp in March where we invited players that were selected from the SPAR National Championships as well as the TNL of 2021 and the group of players that traveled with us to Northern Ireland as part of the SPAR Proteas.” Explained coach Dorette

Among the chosen 24 players is Gauteng Jaguars’ Kamogelo Maseko. The Goal Attack for the TNL reigning champions.
“I played for Fireballs for two years and now moving to the Jaguars, it’s a huge transition,” Said Maseko.

She recalls herself as a young girl in high school watching all these players on tv, aspiring to be like them, little did she know that five years later she was going to achieve that dream.
“It’s honestly a huge honor and privilege to represent my country. These contracts are assuring me that I can be that inspiration and beckon of hope to all the girls out there
“In every interview, I stress that I had a lack of infrastructure, resources, exposure, and opportunities in my township. So, for me this is a huge honor and privilege to represent my country in this manner” she said.

When asked how will she ensure she remains contracted given the contracts being performance-based, Maseko mentioned how it’ll all be a mindset shift.
“You have to make the switch psychologically and emotionally. Obviously, every game has the pressure but now you just have to take things up. You need to be physically, mentally, and emotionally fit. This opportunity requires you to step us as an athlete and work harder” Explained Maseko.

She aspires to make the psychological shift. Looking back, she reflects on having so much growth from the first time she played in the TNL to where she is now, getting POTM the past few games. Her goal is to be part of the Commonwealth Squad, playing African Qualifiers and the main goal is to play in the World Cup.

All the players in attendance commanded Cecilia Molokwane and the Federation’s effort in ensuring that there’s the right support structure for netball as a whole in the country.

Netball SA contracted players:

Bongiwe Msomi, Khanyisa Chawane, Marlize de Bruin, Izette Griesel, Kamogelo Maseko, Tshina Mdau, Tarle Mathe, Nomfundo Mngomezulu, Lungile Mthembu, Refiloe Nketsa, Sesandile Ngubane, Lenize Potgieter, Karla Pretorius, Lefébre Rademan, Monique Reyneke, Nicholé Taljaard, Nicola Smith, Elmeré van der Berg, Shadine van der Merwe, Ine-Mari Venter, Jamie van Wyk, Zanele Vimbela, Phumza Maweni. Boitumelo Mahloko

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