Phumza Maweni, a stalwart of the Spar Proteas staff, has introduced her retirement from skilled netball, concluding a exceptional nine-year journey on the courtroom.
Beginning her skilled netball profession on the age of twenty-eight, Maweni’s profession achievements embrace enjoying for the Southern Stings within the then Brutal Fruit Netball League (now Telkom Netball League), and representing esteemed worldwide groups akin to Loughborough Lightning, Severn Stars, Group Bathtub within the UK, and Australia’s Sunshine Coast Lightning.
“I’ve taken the time to replicate and suppose, and I’m unhappy to announce that the time has come for me to gracefully exit the courtroom, making house for the rising stars awaiting their likelihood.”
Outgoing South African Netball Legend, Phumza Maweni
Returning to South Africa in 2022, Maweni joined and captained her dwelling staff, the Western Cape Southern Stings, through the 2023 Telkom Netball League.
Netball South Africa President Cecilia Molokwane praised Maweni’s contributions, stating,
“Phumza has been a fantastic asset to the Spar Proteas staff and construction—a fantastic participant with distinctive netball expertise and intelligence.”
Netball South Africa President, Cecilia Molokwane
“With the information and expertise she has acquired through the years, I feel will probably be fallacious for us as a federation to let all of this go to waste,” stated Molokwane. “We have to begin interested by how we retain this information and expertise.”
Maweni made her Proteas debut in 2014 towards Scotland, participated in three Netball World Cups, and earned 121 caps earlier than her retirement, together with her ultimate match towards England in December 2023.
“The previous years have exceeded all expectations, remodeling right into a journey of a lifetime,” stated Maweni. “This sport has formed me right into a assured and highly effective lady, far past what I may have envisioned. I cherish and acknowledge each facet of this expertise,” concluded Maweni.
Phumza Maweni’s retirement signifies the conclusion of a distinguished profession, leaving a long-lasting impression on South African netball. Her legacy continues to encourage each current and future gamers within the sport.
Off courtroom, Maweni performs her half to blood the following technology of stars via her excellent work on the Phumza Maweni Basis.
Photograph Caption: Netball icon Phumza Maweni bids farewell to an unimaginable nine-year journey with the Spar Proteas. A legend on the courtroom, her retirement marks the top of an period in South African netball. On this file picture, Phumza Maweni is pictured in motion towards Sri Lanka, through the 2023 Netball World Cup in Cape City. Photograph: StanderPhotography/ Carel Stander