With three wins from three, the Proteas are on course to qualify for the 2023 African Netball World Cup in Tshwane.

Coach Dorette Badenhorst’s side maintained their 100 percent record in Group A with wins over Botswana (60-37), Namibia (66-37) and Tanzania (58-30).
Badenhorst is experimenting with different combinations as she used all twelve of her players in three matches.

The semi-finals will be held on Friday and the finals on Saturday. There are two slots available in this nine-team tournament.
South Africa and Uganda have already qualified for the 2023 World Cup finals in Cape Town.

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The Proteas could have chosen not to participate like Uganda, but Badenhorst wants to win the tournament and give other players the playing time, experience and access to the African tournament.

In their next assignment, they will play against a very physical side, Zimbabwe at the Memorial Hall, University of Pretoria on Thursday, 2pm.

Although Badenhorst expects the match to be tough, she says she is pleased with her team’s performance so far.

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“Thank you Tanzania for a great game. It’s always difficult to play in East Africa, they hold position and play very short balls and it’s hard to turn balls over, but we’re setting ourselves targets and I think it’s important to give those combinations that haven’t had success before, opportunities like Elmer [van Der Berg]- Ine [Ine-Mari Venter] combinations, so for me I’m happy with what happened,” Budnehorst said.

“Zimbabwe will be a very strong team the next day, we will make sure we analyze them well and go on court prepared.”

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