SA U21 Squad for the Netball World Youth Cup 2025 Qualifiers Africa Announced

Incoming Head Coach of the SA U21 Netball team, Precious Mthembu (pictured at the training camp in Stellenbosch) will be supported by Proteas legend, Phumza Maweni, as she guides the final SA U21 Netball Squad of twelve to the Africa Qualifiers in Pretoria, ahead of the 2025 Netball World Youth Cup in Gibraltar. Photo: Supplied

With two weeks remaining before the commencement of the Netball World Youth Cup 2025 Qualifiers Africa in Pretoria, Netball South Africa has finalised the twelve players who will represent the country in mid-March, in Pretoria on Tuesday, 5 March 2024.

The team entered a training camp two weeks ago with a total of fifteen players, which has now been narrowed down to twelve. The final twelve will convene next week for last-minute preparations before the qualifiers.

Following Jenny van Dyk’s appointment as the Head Coach of the Spar Proteas, Precious Mthembu, the former assistant coach of the Under 21 team, assumes the position of Head Coach. She will be joined by another Proteas legend, Phumza Maweni, as her Assistant.

“It is crucial for us to perform well in these qualifiers and ensure representation at the 2025 Netball World Youth Cup in Gibraltar. As we are in the rebuilding phase of our netball, instilling a winning culture in them at this young age is important. 

“I believe the coaching team has selected the best team, and we have full confidence in them. They can rest assured they have our full support as a federation,” said Cecilia Molokwane, Netball South Africa President.

“It was a tough decision choosing the final 12 players for the Netball World Youth Cup 2025 Qualifiers Africa as the players we were assessing impressed at the previous camps. If we could, we would take them all. I am confident and comfortable with the players we have here now. 

“We are planning to take each team and understand that it won’t be an easy task, but our main aim is to secure our spot at the 2025 Netball World Youth Cup in Gibraltar,” said Under 21 Head Coach Precious Mthembu.

Molokwane concluded by saying, “I must also take this moment to congratulate Coach Precious Mthembu, now the appointed coach of the Under 21 side. She has sat in that Assistant Coach chair with two good coaches, and we believe she has learned as much as she needed. 

“She understands what lies ahead and has what it takes to take us forward,” said Molokwane. “She will be assisted by the legendary Phumza Maweni. The experience they both possess as international players will inspire the young ones with which they are working.”

The South Africa Under 21 Squad

Giada Prinsloo
Sunel Smit
Favour Kamsy Umeh
Phophi Luvhani Nematangari
Sanmari Louise Visser
Zané Bodenstein
Kyla Dames
Karla Maria Victor
Lisa Ingwersen
Renezia Andrews
Jade Morgan Atkins
Syntiche Kabuya


Original Copy: Netball SA, with editing by gsport

Photo Caption: Incoming Head Coach of the SA U21 Netball team, Precious Mthembu (pictured at the training camp in Stellenbosch) will be supported by Proteas legend, Phumza Maweni, as she guides the final SA U21 Netball Squad of twelve to the Africa Qualifiers in Pretoria, ahead of the 2025 Netball World Youth Cup in Gibraltar. Photo: Supplied

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