The Proteas Netball National Team assistant coach Dumisani Chauke says they did not have enough time to prepare for the upcoming Africa Netball Cup.

The tournament will commence in Cape Town from Friday until next week Tuesday featuring SA, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho, Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi.

Chauke and the head coach Dorette Badenhorst were only appointed a few weeks ago.

The Proteas are ranked fifth in the world. It will be the first time they will be in action after they finished fourth at the World Cup in Liverpool, England in July.

World Champions New Zealand, Australia, England and Jamaica are in the top four.

Chauke says they will try to break into the top four.

The duo will be in charge of the team leading to the World Cup in Cape Town in 2023. The local pair replaced Australians Norma Plummer and Nicole Cusack who were in charge at the World Cup in England.

Chauke, who is a former Proteas player who retired in 2015, is excited at the prospect of leading the team at the World Cup. She has been part of the Under-21 national team previously.

The Malamulele-born mentor never imagined that she would be part of the senior national team so soon.

– Report by Vincent Sitsula