Former SPAR Proteas captain, Momentum gsport Awards winner and Maties Netball Head Coach, Zanele Mdodana, shared her thoughts on South African netballers who recently received professional contracts by Netball South Africa.
In the #BigInterview with gsport Founder Kass Naidoo, Mdodana revealed her happiness with the new direction taken to professionalise the sport.
“I get goosebumps just thinking about this historic moment and such a massive change where netball is concerned, and we know that netball is the biggest women’s sports in South Africa and as someone who played it and glad I’m still alive to see our players getting contracted and becoming professionals doing what they love.”
Her first advice to the contracted players is to invest due to the fact that playing sport is a short-term career: “Sports is not a long-term so the time that you are there, you need to make sure that you are putting away as much as you possibly can and what’s important is that, there needs to be people who get introduced to these players and taught how to manage their finances, get financial management – think long-term and how you can invest and make sure your life is better than it was before because you are getting a little bit extra.”
With many players left out of the contracted group, Mdodana advises that their time will come: “I’ve spoken to players that didn’t make it and I told them that this is not the end, this is just the beginning and you’ve got to keep on pressing forward, you cannot throw in the white towel now.”
Photo 1 Caption: Former SPAR Proteas captain, Momentum gsport Awards winner and Maties Netball Head Coach, Zanele Mdodana, shared her thoughts on South African netballers who recently received professional contracts by Netball South Africa. Photo: gsport