Cecilia Molokwane: “The First Win Will Give South Africans Hope”

Netball South Africa President Cecilia Molokwane believes a win for the Spar Proteas in their opening 2023 Netball World Cup will set the tone for their campaign. 

The global showpiece starts in three days time at the Cape Town International Convention Centre until 6 August.

The South Africans will kick off the tournament with a match against Wales at 18h00 CAT, an encounter that Molokwane says is pivotal for the Proteas’ success both on and off the court.

“The importance of winning the opening game is giving South Africans the hope to say we are not just following the Spar Proteas but we are following a winning team. When you lose the first game on home soil it demoralises the people from watching the next game, will they go to the quarterfinals? Will they make it? The first win will give South Africans hope. You might think Wales are just another team but it’s an opening game and it’s a big game for them.

“We haven’t put so much effort and resources into this team for us not to end up on the podium. We have done something we had never done before, we did Project Victory with SuperSport and it cost a lot of money. We did that because we wanted the girls to get everything that they could so that they never have any excuses for not ending up on the medal podium.” 

The Proteas are in Pool C alongside Wales, Sri Lanka and Commonwealth Games silver medallists, Jamaica.

Spar Proteas Fixtures at the 2023 Netball World Cup in Cape Town: 

28 July – SA vs Wales 18h00 CAT

29 July – SA vs Sri Lanka 16h00 CAT

30 July – Jamaica vs SA 18H00 CAT 

Photo 1 Caption: Netball South Africa President Cecilia Molokwane believes a win for the Spar Proteas in their opening 2023 Netball World Cup will set the tone for their campaign. Photo: Netball SA (Instagram)

Article Source: SuperSport.com

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