Baby Proteas
Photo Credit: Netball South Africa

The baby Proteas have earned South Africa’s pride after the rising star squad qualified for the Netball World Youth Cup and did so without losing a single match at the qualifiers.


Pretoria, South Africa (26 March 2024) — South Africa’s baby Proteas (the up-and-coming netball stars who are under-21) have successfully secured their spot at the upcoming Netball World Youth Cup thanks to a squeaky clean, shining performance at the Africa Regional Qualifiers in Pretoria recently!

From 17 to 23 March, the Qualifiers’ tournament saw netball teams from around the continent venture to Pretoria to face off, clenching the hope that they would secure spots for their countries at the upcoming Cup, set to take place in 2025.

South Africa didn’t just play host—we played ball, with a winning streak strong enough to take the baby Proteas all the way to the nail-biting final.

Against Malawi, the baby Proteas held their own and welcomed a final win of 45-26.

This not only meant that South Africa qualified for the Netball World Youth Cup, but that we did it on a winning slate, given that the team did not lose any matches along the road to qualifying. If this tournament is anything to go by, bets are on that the World Youth Cup in Gibraltar will be yet another prestigious opportunity for the baby Proteas to show the world what they have to bring to the court.

Meanwhile in other news where South African sportspeople made us as proud as possible, Team South Africa has walked away from the African Games with not one, not two but 106 medals!

Sources: Netball South Africa 
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