Baby Spar Proteas qualify for the 2025 World Cup finals in Gibraltar

Baby Spar Proteas qualify for the 2025 World Cup finals in Gibraltar

The Baby Spar Proteas have clinched their spot in the finals of the Netball World Cup, set to take place in Gibraltar next year.

Led by coach Precious Mthembu, the Baby Proteas triumphed in all six matches at the regional Africa World Cup qualifiers held at the University of Pretoria.

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Their latest victory came against Namibia, with a score of 61-25, securing one of the three coveted World Cup slots at the seven-team tournament.

Mthembu expressed immense joy and pride in her team’s consistent performance throughout the tournament, visibly moved by their remarkable achievement.

''As a junior head coach, it is one tick for me in a box, but I just need to go back and see where I can learn some things when it comes to decision making. It's exceptional that the girls have put in a good fight to maintain the top of the log with a high goal difference,''  said Mthembu.

Even though securing qualification, Mthembu remains resolute in his quest to conclude the tournament on a high note by claiming a gold medal in Saturday’s showdown against Malawi.

''I think on Saturday will be the day where it all really matters, whether we get gold or silver but I'm positive with how the girls are playing,'' added Mthembu.

The Baby Proteas felt the strain of playing six matches in five days, evident in their fatigue during the latter stages against Namibia.

However, a silver lining emerged as they were granted a much-needed rest day on Friday to recuperate and gear up for the ultimate showdown against Malawi.