Cape Town - South Africa's national netball team, the Proteas are ready to compete and do battle at the 2020 Nations Cup that will take place in England, across three cities namely Nottingham, London and Birmingham.
The other three teams that will be playing against South Africa at the tournament include world champions New Zealand, Jamaica and Commonwealth Champs and hosts England.
The Proteas who have been in camp for a week in Nottingham, will play their first game against Jamaica on Sunday, January 19.
2019 saw the Proteas face England as many as six times starting at the Quad Series where South Africa managed to come out as victors during that tournament. The other two meetings took place at the 2019 World Cup and the Roses were victorious on two occasions. Quite recently, the two teams met in Cape Town again for a three match series at the International Netball Challenge where England clinched the series 2-1.
The final match of the 2020 Nations Cup will see the Proteas take on World Champions New Zealand. The last time the two teams played against each other was at the 2019 Quad Series in England where Proteas pushed the Silver Ferns all the way to extra time and ended up losing by two points.
All the teams participating at this tournament are going through a rebuilding phase after the 2019 World Cup.
Dorette Badenhorst who was just appointed in October together with Dumisani Chauke will be going into this tournament with one objective in mind and that is to win. The two have overseen nine matches since their appointment and they have won seven out of nine matches including winning the Africa Nations Cup. Both would want to carry the momentum into this tournament and possibly come back with some silverware from England.
When asked about the team's preparation and readiness, Proteas coach Dorette Badenhorst said, "we are going into this tournament with one thing in mind which is to win it. The spirit and mood in the camp are very high. As the coaching team we are happy with our combinations and delighted to have the world's best goal defender Karla Pretorius back in the team. Her experience and that of others will make all the difference in the world.
The Proteas games during the 2020 Vitality Nations Cup will be live on Supersport 10 (Channel 210):
- 19 January 2020 - SA vs Jamaica in Nottingham at 16:30
- 22 January 2020 - SA vs England in Birmingham at 22:00
- 25 January 2020 - SA vs New Zealand in London at 16:30