Ruthless Baby Proteas Extend World Cup Africa Qualifiers Winning Streak

The crowd was delighted when South Africa comfortably beat Kenya 70-17 in the first match of day three’s fixtures of the Netball World Youth Cup 2025 Qualifiers Africa at the University of Pretoria, on Tuesday, 19 March, 2024. Photo: Netball South Africa

The Baby Spar Proteas started off proceedings on day three of the Netball World Youth Cup 2025 Regional Qualifiers with their clash against Kenya, and the hosts carried through on ambistions to continue their winning form in the competition at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, on Tuesday, 19 March, 2024.

Coach Precious Mthembu’s charges were ruthless in their attack, restricting their opponents to only scoring three goals while they slotted 19 past them in the first fifteen minutes of the game. 

The second quarter was no different as South Africa were tactically disciplined and sound, they managed to add 18 goals while Kenya only scored four, with a half-time score at 37-7 in favour of the tournament hosts.

The Baby Proteas made some personnel changes in second half of the match, with coach Precious looking to give some fresh legs a run and rest some of the on-court players. In the end, it was South Africa that claimed all maximum points winning the match 70-16.

Coach Mthembu spoke after their game: “The girls struggled a bit in the third quarter, and I think it is the legs tiring now, we have had a hectic couple of days behind us.”

“This is something that we need to work on as we progress. We need to remain disciplined and manage the workload evenly across the entire team. We have another hectic and physical game against Malawi on Wednesday, so we must be prepared for them.”

The second match of the day was a clash between Tanzania and Malawi. Tanzania come into their fourth match without a win while Malawi were unbeaten in their two matches, but the match was as important to both teams, each looking to improve their respective log standings.

From the two teams, it was Malawi who were more domineering and taking the match to Tanzania, enjoying a 16-point lead with the score at 31-15 at half time. Malawi went on to snatch the win and advance their leaderboard campaign with a match in hand against South Africa, now ahead on points and a superior goal difference.

Day three’s results finished with two nail-biters, first Malawi beating Kenya by a slim three margin of three points after their 39-42 finish, and then Namibia outlasting Zimbabwe by a single point in their encounter that finished 44-45 in favour of the Namibian Desert Jewels.

Day 3 Results at the Netball World Youth Cup 2025 Qualifiers Africa played at the University of Pretoria’s Rembrandt Hall in Pretoria, South Africa, on Tuesday, 19 March, 2024

South Africa 70-17 Kenya
Malawi 64-24 Tanzania
Kenya 39-42 Malawi
Zimbabwe 44-45 Namibia

Day 4 Fixtures on Wednesday, 20 March

13:00 Tanzania v Zimbabwe
15:00 Zambia v Kenya
17:00 South Africa v Malawi

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

Day 2 Results on Monday, 18 March, 2024 

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


Original Copy: Netball SA, with editing by gsport

Photo Caption: The crowd was delighted when South Africa comfortably beat Kenya 70-17 in the first match of day three’s fixtures of the Netball World Youth Cup 2025 Qualifiers Africa at the University of Pretoria, on Tuesday, 19 March, 2024. Photo: Netball South Africa

Photo 2 Caption: Giada Prinsloo was named Player of the Match in the Baby Proteas win against Kenya. Photo: Netball South Africa

Photo 3 Caption: Malawi (in red) were on the front foot against Tanzania for their 64-24 win. Photo: Netball South Africa

Photo 4 Caption: Namibia (in white) edged Zimabwe by a single point to clinch their second win in three fixtures. Photo: Netball South Africa

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