SPAR Madibaz netball star Jami-Leigh Goeda will make her debut at an international level after being selected for the South African U21 team for a three-match series against Zimbabwe.
The squad will play their neighbours in the curtain-raisers to the SPAR Challenge International Series at the Bellville Velodrome in Cape Town between the SA senior team and England.
Goeda, who grew up in Humansdorp, said it was a thrill to have received this recognition.
“I was excited when I heard I had been selected and, even now, I’m still very excited,” she said.
Playing as goal-attack for the Madibaz, Goeda showed her ability during the Varsity Netball competition in September, winning the FNB Player of the Match award for her efforts against the University of Western Cape.
She said her experience of playing at that level had provided several lessons.
“I have learnt that giving up is not an option,” she said. “I want to say to anyone out there, if you believe it you will achieve it.
“It might not be your time now, but have patience for your time will come.”
Looking ahead to the three-match series against Zimbabwe, she said they were aware that a tough test lay ahead.
“We know that Zimbabwe will bring their absolute best to the series, as we will.
“I’m looking forward for this new challenge which is staring me in the face, and I also want to make sure we have a great time and make new friends.”