The second last day of the 2019 Africa Netball Cup taking place at Bellville’s Velodrome Stadium saw game 14 of the tournament where Uganda who had a tough game against South Africa yesterday faced Malawi in the day’s opener. Malawi walked away with maximum points as they beat Uganda 49 -45.
The SPAR Proteas got into day five beaming with confidence as they faced Kenya for their only match of the day. The Proteas come into this game having had won four of their games and Kenya lost three of their four games and only managed a solitary win.
Dorette Badenhorst seems to have rested the bulk of her trusted starting five and gave some players a run for this clash. The coach made as many as four changes for this game. The SPAR Proteas drew first blood in a matter of few seconds after centre pass. At the end of the first quarter, South Africa led 20 -9.
Sigrid Burger and Lefebre Rademan seemed to have been combining very well upfront and converted their chances. Lefebre played the Kenyans very cleverly as she ran into the opposition which released Sigi upfront. South Africa managed to convert 16 of their chances compared to 11 of Kenya. South Africa continued their winning streak and won the game 71 – 36 and made it five out of five in this tournament. They get ready now for their final match on Tuesday, 22 October 2019, against Zambia.
“It was very tough playing against Kenya, we had not really seen them play in this tournament, so our game plan and approach was centred around our own strengths.” – SPAR Proteas coach, Dorette Badenborst
Speaking on the side-lines after the game, SPAR Proteas coach Dorette Badenhorst said “It was very tough playing against Kenya, we had not really seen them play in this tournament so our game plan and approach was centred around our own strengths, that seems to have worked very well in our favour. I am happy that we are over this hurdle now and we focus on the game against Zambia.”
Another team that has really come out strong to show why they are in the top eight in the world is Zimbabwe, they pitched up today against Zambia. The Gems came out guns blazing against Zambia. They really fought tooth and nail to salvage a 57 -51 win on what was really a tough encounter amongst the two. Zimbabwe finished the day with three wins and two losses.
The last match of the day was between Lesotho and Malawi. Lesotho went into day four without having had registered a single win in this tournament. They have lost all four games and conceded the most goals to date. Malawi were eager to make sure that they add to their winning streak and they managed to do exactly that. The team has managed to secure four wins and one loss to date after they beat Lesotho 89 -32.
Tuesday the 22nd is the last day of the tournament and Africa Netball Cup will have a new champion crowned.
Fixtures, Tuesday 22 October:
10:00 – Lesotho v Zambia
12:00 – Zimbabwe v Malawi
14:00 – Uganda v Kenya
16:00 – South Africa v Zambia
19:00 – Closing Ceremony
Photo 1 Caption: SPAR Proteas’ Khanyisa Chawane pictured in action on the second last day of the 2019 Africa Netball Cup against Kenya, winning 71-36 at the Bellville Velodrome on Monday. 21 October 2019 in Cape Town. Photo: Supplied
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