SPAR Proteas’ Zanele Vimbela Rises from Humble Beginnings

by | Jan 4, 2020

SPAR Proteas goalkeeper, Zanele Vimbela is on course to starting off her season with Strathclyde Sirens in the United Kingdom.

After a successful year for the SPAR Proteas team as well as individual players, there is positive signs as the nation gears to host the 2023 Netball World Cup.

Born in Johannesburg, in Lenasia south of Soweto, Vimbela was encouraged to play the sport by one of her teachers, from Aliwal North High School, due to her height. Little did she know that she would become of the best players in her country.

The 30-year-old, who sometimes takes up the Goal Defence position, started moulding into the player that she is while playing for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (currently known as Nelson Mandela University), where she also completed her BA Honours in Human Movement Sciences.

It was at NMMU where she started taking up spaces and being recognised for her talent. At the 2014 University Sport South Africa (USSA) tournament, Vimbela was captured as one of the most experienced players for Madibaz. A few months later, she made her full international debut at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Before the Commonwealth Games, Vimbela played for the SPAR Proteas in the Fast Five Netball World Series.

Vimbela has been a part of the Telkom Netball League, SPAR Wales Test Series and, amongst others, the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup which saw the Proteas rank their highest position ever. She has also been regarded as one of the key players who are set to take part in the 2023 Netball World Cup which will be held in Cape Town, South Africa.

In the meantime, the netball journey continues for Vimbela as she will be representing the Strathclyde Sirens in the Vitality Netball Super League this year. In an article on the Netball Super League website, Vimbela  said: “I’m delighted to have signed with Sirens, as it’s an exciting prospect for me to be able to bring my abilities and skills to contribute to the team, hopefully reaching higher goals that we set out to achieve.”

The league will begin in February 2020 and Vimbela is a player to look out for.



Photo 1 Caption: SPAR Proteas Goalkeeper, Zanele Vimbela, is set to play her first game for the Strathclyde Sirens based in Glasgow, United Kingdom in February. Photo: Strathclyde Sirens on Instagram


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