Why Netball SA chose Malawi as Coach Jenny van Dyk’s debut Test match

Why Netball SA chose Malawi as Coach Jenny van Dyk’s debut Test match

Netball South Africa (NSA) President Cecilia Molokwane revealed that Jenifer van Dyk, the newly appointed head coach of the Spar Proteas, has selected Malawi as her debut match in charge.

Van Dyk took over from the seasoned Australian-born coach Norma Plummer earlier this month.

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Despite having various options, van Dyk opted for the challenge presented by the Malawi Queens.

The rivalry between Malawi and the Proteas is well-established, often igniting thrilling contests on the court.

''Playing Malawi is an advantage better than playing European teams to get more points, and Jenny said she wants to start at home, she said why go overseas when we have African teams she can compete against?'' said Molokwane

The Proteas are scheduled to face off against the Malawi Queens at a venue yet to be determined.

However, they are set to participate in a three-match Test series against Jamaica in Kingston in January 2025.

Molokwane urges provinces other than Gauteng to consider hosting the Proteas versus Malawi match in August.

''We are hoping that we can rotate, but remember the capacity and where we can draw attention. Right now I can not tell the venue, but the one I can tell you about is Kingston Jamaica for 2025,'' added Molokwane.

Last year, Gauteng hosted the senior World Cup qualifiers at the University of Pretoria, and they are once again hosting the current Africa regional Under-21 World Cup qualifiers.

''We approached Tuks, because of the short space of time. And we know what they can do for us as Netball South Africa,'' she concluded.