Baby Proteas Steam Ahead in Netball World Youth Cup 2025 Qualifiers Africa

A lighter workload helped the U21 South Africa Netball team to continue their winning ways on Day 2 of the Netball World Youth Cup 2025 Qualifiers Africa in Pretoria, beating Zimbabwe 62 - 29 to maintain their 100% tournament winning record. Photo: Supplied

Baby Spar Proteas comfortably maintained their 100% win record assisted with a light workload of just a single fixture on Day 2 of the Netball World Youth Cup 2025 Qualifiers Africa, beating Zimbabwe 62 – 29 at the University of Pretoria’s Rembrandt Hall on Monday, 18 March, 2024.

The SA U21 Head Coach Precious Mthembu had predicted that their encounter with neighbours Zimbabwe would be a tough one, this was the case when the two countries clashed for the third match of the day.

Coach Precious started the match with a strong combination, and the results were telling at the end of the first quarter, with South Africa’s 14 goals leading Zimbabwe’s seven.

The second quarter continued same way, with both teams giving as much as they received, SA widening their advantage with 18 goals against conceding nine for a half-time score of 32 – 16, and then going on to extend their winning streak to three out three and the match won 62 – 29.

Earlier, Day 2 of the Regional Qualifiers started with Namibia taking on Tanzania. Both teams came into the second day with one defeat each after losing their respective matches on day one.

Chrisina Mkwanda of Namibia started with a stronger lineup, and this began to pay off for the team as the team displayed their dominance against Tanzania. The Namibian Desert Jewels were eager to secure maximum points this morning and earn bragging rights. At the end of the match, it was Namibia who ended their winless streak and took the match 55 -17.

The day’s second match was another tough encounter between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Zambia came into this match after losing their opening match against South Africa while Zimbabwe won against Kenya. 

Zimbabwe were still high in confidence from their win, and this was evident in how they approached the match, but Zambia was not going down without a fight. At half time, the score was 23 – 17 in favour of Zimbabwe. Both teams battled it out to the end, and it was Zimbabwe that claimed all the maximum points, winning the match 42 -37.

Monday’s final match was between two countries who were both in search of the elusive win. Both Tanzania and Zambia had lost their opening games and both were hoping to break the losing streak.

Zambia seemed to be the hungrier one of the two as they were quick to get off the mark and put their opponents under immense pressure. At the end of the first quarter, they were leading 15 – 4. 

Coach Malama’s team (Zambia) were going for broke in the second quarter of the match as they looked to solidify and extend their lead. At half time, they had restricted their opponents to only scoring four while they netted twelve which brought the score to 27 – 8.

Zambia eventually won their first match after three matches beating Tanzania 52 – 15. It was their discipline and resilience that got them over the line at the end of it all.

Day 2 Results at the Netball World Youth Cup 2025 Qualifiers Africa played at the University of Pretoria’s Rembrandt Hall in Pretoria, South Africa, on Monday, 18 March, 2024

Namibia 55 -17 Tanzania
Zambia 37 – 42 Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe 29 – 62 South Africa
Tanzania 15 – 52 Zambia

Day 3 Fixtures on Tuesday, 19 March

08:00 South Africa v Kenya
10:00 Malawi v Tanzania
16:00 Kenya v Malawi
18:00 Zimbabwe v Namibia

Day 1 Results on Sunday, 17 March, 2024

South Africa 75 – 7 Tanzania
Kenya 39 – 49 Zimbabwe
Malawi 43 – 28 Namibia
South Africa 72 – 9 Zambia


Original Copy: Netball SA, with editing by gsport

Photo Caption: A lighter workload helped the U21 South Africa Netball team to continue their winning ways on Day 2 of the Netball World Youth Cup 2025 Qualifiers Africa in Pretoria, beating Zimbabwe 62 – 29 to maintain their 100% tournament winning record. Photo: Supplied

Photo Caption: Zimbabwe edged Zambia 42 – 37 in the closest match of the tournament, for their second win of the tournament. Photo: Supplied

Photo Caption: Zambia thumped Tanzania 52 – 15 in Monday’s final fixture, for their first win of the day in Pretoria. Photo: Supplied

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