‘SA Netball International Precious Mthembu Believes South Africa Can Win A Netball World Cup

2 Apr

 

Precious Mthembu suffered a horrendous injury whilst playing for South Africa at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. Nine months after injury rehab, the top netballer from KZN is back on the netball courts, playing and coaching the game she loves. And she still has an ambition of getting 100 national netball caps. Publisher of ‘South African SportsWoman’ publication, Cheryl Roberts asked the questions and Precious Mthembu gave the answers in this Q&A interview.

8E41C267-F157-45BB-B299-C2CA13E8B354Q: You’ve been off the netball courts for some months because of injury. How is your injury rehabilitation?

Precious Mthembu: I was unfortunate to get injured at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in GoldCoast. I injured my right knee. I then had surgery and it took a good 9 months to fully recover and get back on court. It was a hard road to recovery with lots of tears and pain. Prime Institute and DSR has only been good to us as KZN netball players by providing us with the best physio’s and medical attention by Dr Kevin Subban. I can proudly say I have been cleared to play on court.

Q: So you playing league netball, again. How does it feel to be back on the netball court after injury?

Precious Mthembu: It feels really great to be back on court, especially being part of the amazing KZN superleague, this season. I would like to thank Mr Mkhize for allowing and taking the initiative of allowing the females to be involved in this league. I am happy to be off the bench as a member of Gilbert stars netball club. Being a player-coach at the same has taught me a lot. I am hoping to win the league again this year.

Q: Are you looking forward to the national netball league, this year? What are you hoping for KZN to achieve?

Precious Mthembu: Firstly, I am humbled by the call up I got to attend the nationsl team trials. That for me is an achievement especially coming from a serious knee injury. I would like to part of South Africa’s  2019 Netball World Cup team but if I don’t make the team, I am positive that the girls will bring back a medal around their necks.

Q: Would you still like to play pro netball outside of SA?

Precious Mthembu: Playing pro-netball outside SA is any players goal. Not only to be out the country but to just bring back that experience back to our clubs, provinces and national teams is the main aim. If I was given a chance and opportunity I would grab it with both hands.

 

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Q: Tell us more about your coaching that you are very very much involved in despite still being a senior international player

Precious Mthembu: I was mentored and coached by Marchelle Maroun who relocated to Cape Town. She has been coaching me since high school.  I have learnt so much from her bringing along the experience of being coached by other SA coaches. Also, my being coached by one of the best coaches in the world sums everything up. SA netball team coaches, Norma Plummer and Nicole Cosack have so much knowledge and we try to learn as much as we can from them. I took over the KZN Superleague team, Gilbert Stars when I was injured, sharing the coaching with Michelle Seagul. I am enjoying it, especially because the group of girls that I coach are passionate and goal-orientated and that makes netball coaching life a lot easier. I am also a netball head coach at Danville Park Girls High School, in Durban. I am also the founder of the Waterloo Huskies Netball club.

Q: What is your training Programme as a provincial and international netballer?

Precious Mthembu: My training programme as a national player is quite intense. Being on the recovery journey has me realising I still have a lot of catching up to do. I train as much as I can with rest days in between. Each training session is just as important as yesterdays and tomorrows.

Q: Can SA win the World Cup, this year?

Precious Mthembu: Spar Proteas have an incredible chance of this year bringing back a medal and winning the World Cup. The 2019 first phase of Quad series proved that the girls have worked hard and are determined to change the netball ranking.

Q: What would you still like to achieve as a netball player?

Precious Mthembu: As a netball player my goal is to have 100 national netball caps. I would also want to make a huge impact on the young netball players. My other aim is to assist and help those who are not as privileged with training gears so they can also achieve their personal goals.

Q: And your plans after netball retirement?

Precious Mthembu: After I have retired and I am definitely looking into coaching the young provincial players.

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