Netball at the University of Johannesburg has received a boost after Proteas star and captain Bongiwe Msomi was named the team’s coach this week.
The 31-year-old, who captained the Proteas team at this year’s World Cup in England where they ended fourth, has the Varsity Netball competition as her first challenge, with a match against Madibaz in Port Elizabeth on Monday.
Msomi, who grew up in Hammarsdale near Durban but now lives in Randburg, said she saw lots of potential among the student-athletes.
“I’ve had a chance to attend a couple of training sessions and the girls are super enthusiastic, which is all I could ask for.
“They are keen to learn and are a young team with great potential.
“The fact that we had two teams which took part in the USSA [University Sport South Africa] week is a great sign.
“Besides an internal res league and other netball events going on already, we have exciting plans to ensure competitiveness and ongoing development in UJ netball.”
Looking ahead to the Varsity Netball competition, she said the emphasis would be on building for the future.
“We want to see the girls competing with grit, pride and commitment to the task.
“Our initial focus will be on a basic, structured game. Varsity Netball will give us direction and I’m interested to see where we can finish, while taking it one game at a time.”