“I love being part of change and this is an exciting step, not only for me but for a number of young girls I will get to work with at UJ.” Those are the words of Proteas captain Bongiwe Msomi after she was announced as netball manager and coach at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) netball team on Thursday.
Msomi who is passionate about netball development through working with young girls has a wealth of experience to impart on UJ’s emerging stars. Her first assignment will be to prepare the UJ outfit for their opening Varsity Netball match against Madibaz in Port Elizabeth on Monday.
“The passion I have for netball is at another level. Being the SPAR Proteas captain and being coached by Norma Plummer at an international level, I believe I have a lot to share as we aim to see what we can achieve in the long term,” said Msomi.
The 31-year-old plied her trade in Australia and the UK, where she played a massive role in winning the Netball Super League in 2015 and 2017 for Surrey and Wasps respectively.
I have been really blessed and netball has always done wonders for me 🙌! All the amazing steps of my life through this sport have been overwhelming! NO ENOUGH WORDS🙌🏻❤! So excited and already loving being @go2uj @UJ_Sport ❤🙏🏻! Thank you @go2uj🙏🏻#BongiMsomiNetballFullCircle🙏🏻 https://t.co/0qlvR4B4xu
— Bongi Msomi (@BongiweMsomi2) August 22, 2019
“It is great to be in such a professional set-up where I will also learn and grow, while enjoying my new role.“I’ve had a chance to attend a couple of training sessions and the girls are super enthusiastic, which is all I could ask for, ” said Msomi.
Msomi started working on developing future netball stars through her Bongiwe Msomi Netball Academy which was established in 2018. She runs the BM Netball Academy as a vehicle to run coaching clinics for underprivileged girls.
“I love being part of change and this is an exciting step, not only for me but for a number of young girls I will get to work with at UJ. I love coaching and it is one of my passions,” she added. “I have now got an awesome opportunity to be the UJ netball coach and am really excited for what lies ahead.”
Msoni with over 100 caps for the SPAR Proteas said that the UJ girls are keen to learn and they are a young team with great potential.
Looking ahead to the Varsity Netball competition, she said the emphasis would be on building for the future.
“We want to see the girls competing with grit, pride and commitment to the task.“Our initial focus will be on a basic, structured game.”
“Varsity Netball will give us direction and I’m interested to see where we can finish, while taking it one game at a time, “said Msomi.