Duo in netball revival plan

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Mantho Motshoari and Minkie Magooe, two Soweto sports administrators, have taken it upon themselves to revive netball in the popular residential area.

The duo have initiated the Soweto Netball Development League, which has already started with a campaign to recruit clubs to play competitively regularly.

"Minkie and I felt there was a dire need to revive netball, which used to be one of the biggest sporting codes in Soweto in the past," said Motshoari.

"Currently, we have six clubs that are playing friendly games during the weekends under the auspices of our development league.

"Representatives of four clubs were with us on Sunday and they gave an undertaking that they will also be part of our structure with immediate effect.

"We are working hard to revive netball in Soweto. One of the first things that we will be doing is to have a meeting with all the stakeholders in the township.

"The emphasis will be on the schools where netball has died. We won't be able to get our campaign of revive the sport off the ground if we neglect the schools.

"It is disappointing that even teachers are no longer involved in netball," said Motshoari, who is a community development worker in Soweto.

She said they were targeting 20 clubs before registering with Netball South Africa, so that their players can also be considered for selection to the national teams.

"We are also planning to start a league for the masters and boys. Netball is a mass participation sport, we want to recruit all the family members to be part of netball."

Magooe, who could not be reached for comment, is also the president of the South African Police Service's netball structure.