The mandate is to win a medal – Molokwane

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Netball South Africa President Cecilia Molokwane is confident that the Spar Proteas will earn a medal at the World Cup in Liverpool in July.

SA has never won the World Cup but finished as runners-up in 1995 losing to Australia in the final in England.

The Proteas also finished third in 1967 at the tournament in Perth, Australia.

Australia and New Zealand have won the tournament since it was incepted in 1963 in England, with Trinidad and Tobago the only other country to have clinched it in 1979.

The Proteas will play test series against fellow World Cup participants Wales ahead of the tournament to prepare for the tournament.

They have also played against top three nations in the world Australia, New Zealand and England in the Quad series early this year. Molokwane says they are fortunate to have high-profile warm-up matches.

Meanwhile, the Netball Premier League will kick off on the 10th of this month in Pretoria.

There will be 10 provincial teams including two from Gauteng, as well as the male team, Spar Smileys and Zimbabwe national team. The Smileys team will comprise of local based national team players.

Molokwane is excited with this year’s edition.

Netball SA secured a one-year sponsorship from Telkom on Tuesday for the Premier League.

The League has been without a sponsor after long-time partner SAB pulled out late last year.

Molokwane is confident the telecommunication company will renew the partnership. Report by Vincent Sitsula