Don't compare us to Bafana Bafana‚ says netball boss

Cecilia Molokwane, President of Netball South Africa during the Netball South Africa Bid Announcement Media Conference at Southern Sun Katherine Street Hotel on February 13, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Cecilia Molokwane, President of Netball South Africa during the Netball South Africa Bid Announcement Media Conference at Southern Sun Katherine Street Hotel on February 13, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Netball SA (NSA) president Cecilia Molokwane took a playful dig at Bafana Bafana on Tuesday when asked a question about comparing her Proteas team to other sides going to major competitions this year‚ like the SA soccer team.

She had just announced the 12-strong squad for netball’s World Cup in Liverpool in July.

“Don’t compare us to Bafana Bafana‚” replied Molokwane.

“We are number five in the world‚ I don’t know what number Bafana is in the world‚” she quipped‚ adding the netballers wanted to improve their ranking.

The SA soccer team is 73rd in the world and 14th in Africa.

SA’s cricketers are already in England for their World Cup; Banyana Banyana will head off shortly to the Women’s World Cup in France; the Springboks will compete at the rugby showpiece in Japan from September to November; and‚ Bafana Bafana are gearing up to leave for the African Nations’ Cup in Egypt next month.

The Boks are also ranked fifth.

Molokwane quickly turned serious‚ however‚ saying the various national teams should back each other.

“We are not competing‚ we are complementing each other.

“We are all South Africans. Let’s support all these South African teams going to the world cups.”

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