June 25, 2024

Phumza Maweni: Podium finish is our goal

CAPE TOWN – Spar Proteas goalkeeper Phumza Maweni believes South Africa has the capabilities of finishing on the podium in the upcoming Netball World Cup.

Norma Plummer’s charges have been drawn to Pool C alongside Jamaica, Wales and Sri Lanka in the prestigious event that will take place later this month at Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town.

After leaving Team Bath Netball late last year, the 38-year-old came home to be part of this year’s Telkom Netball League (TNL) where she was with the Western Cape Southern Sting.

Maweni says even though they are facing a tough test, there’s nothing that can stop them from coming out on top.

“Our main goal is the podium obviously, something we want to do for ourselves and for the country, especially now that we are hosting the event,” said Maweni.

“At the same time, we want to showcase the talent and skills we have in our team, and obviously we will do that by taking one game at a time.

“We are ready and we will upset many teams so all we have to do is to stick to our game plan. I can’t wait to regroup with my team and continue where we left off in our last game.”

Born in Cala in the Eastern Cape, Maweni has praised the TNL, saying it has helped her to improve her form and fitness.

“Personally, I have been good and I have managed to maintain a top form and make sure I stay fit. I have pushed myself so hard to be the best amongst the best,” she said.

“I think the TNL has helped me to see where I am fitness-wise as well, I was so pleased with my performance in Pretoria.

“I know I am ready to test myself in the big event.”

Having had a stellar career, playing in top leagues around the world, Maweni believes after the world cup she will have more time to focus on her business.

She also wants to put more focus on growing her foundation, Phumza Maweni Foundation, which assists girls to develop useful life skills.

“After the world cup I will definitely focus on my business, pushing development, I love that area so much,” she adds.

“I want to grow my foundation as well more in the form of giving back to the community and helping young kids to be better and have great skills.”

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