Netball World Cup 2023 set to create history as South Africa hosts for the first time

by | Jul 25, 2023 | Malawi, Netball - Womens, South Africa, Sport, Uganda, Zimbabwe


The Netball World Cup is edging closer, with teams worldwide competing for the coveted title. It is a historical moment, as it is the first time that the Netball World Cup will be held in Africa. Africa has four teams- South Africa, Malawi, Uganda, and Zimbabwe- eager to grab their spot in the final and claim glory.


South Africa


South Africa finished 4th in the last Netball World Cup (Liverpool, 2019). As hosts and ranked 5th, they qualified for the Netball World Cup 2023. They will face Wales on July 28 after the Opening Ceremony.\




South Africa vs Wales (9), July 28

South Africa vs Sri Lanka (15), July 29

South Africa vs Jamaica (4), July 30

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Key players


Bongiwe Msomi leads the experienced South African netball team. Karla Pretorius made a strong comeback after maternity leave. Shadine Van der Merwe performed well in the Netball Super League with teammate Lenize Potgieter, who regained form after a challenging time in Australia. Ine-Mari Venter is also crucial in the shooting circle, partnering with Potgieter.



Ranked 6th, Malawi Queens finished 6th in the 2019 Netball World Cup. They qualified for the Netball World Cup 2023 after performing well in the Netball World Cup Qualifiers – Africa, with one loss to hosts Netball South Africa. Their opening match is against Scotland on July 28.




Malawi vs Scotland (10), July 28

Malawi vs England (3), July 29

Malawi vs Barbados (14), July 30

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Key players


Mwai Kumwenda and Towera Vinkumbo had strong seasons in Australia and the Netball Super League, respectively. Kumwenda can offer insights on key Australian players, while Vinkumbo has inside knowledge of Scotland Thistles, Malawi’s first opponent. Unfortunately, Malawi will miss captain Caroline Mtukule due to injury. Jane Chimaliro will step in as the new captain, leading the team in her absence.



The SheCranes achieved their highest-ever finish, seventh place, in the last Netball World Cup (Liverpool, 2019). They qualified for the Netball World Cup 2023 based on their 6th-place world ranking. The She Cranes will play against Singapore on July 28th.




Uganda vs Singapore (28), July 28

Uganda vs New Zealand (2), July 29

Uganda vs Trinidad & Tobago (11), July 30

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Key players


Uganda has an inexperienced squad, with two players returning from the 2019 World Cup. Their strong shooting circle features Mary Cholhok and Christine Namulumba. In other positions, keep an eye on skipper Irene Eyaru, Margret Baagala, Hanisha Muhammad, and Shaffie Nalwanja.



In the last Netball World Cup (Liverpool, 2019), Zimbabwe’s team, currently ranked 13th, the Gems, finished eighth. They qualified for the Netball World Cup 2023 by securing third place in the Netball World Cup Qualifiers – Africa, defeating Zambia. The Gems will play against Australia on July 28th.




Zimbabwe vs Australia (1), July 28

Zimbabwe vs Fiji (19), July 29

Zimbabwe vs Tonga (7), July 30

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Key players


Sharon Bwanali and Joice Takaidza are two important athletes in the goal circle. Both have had knee problems recently, but their form will be vital across the tournament. Against Namibia at the African Regional Qualifiers last year, both left the game with an injury, which left the team vulnerable.


Source Credit: Women’s Health



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