WATCH: Emotional Phumza Maweni feels ‘hurt’ after Proteas fail to make Netball World Cup podium

Mary Cholhok of Uganda and Phumza Maweni of South Africa during the Netball World Cup

Phumza Mweni found it hard to hold back tears after their Netball World Cup loss. Photo: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Netball World Cup 2023

Published Aug 7, 2023


An emotional Phumza Maweni found it hard to hold back the tears after the Proteas’ defeat in their final match at the Netball World Cup.

Hosts South Africa played Uganda in an all-African showdown for fifth place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Sunday.

While the Proteas secured a two-goal victory over the ‘She-Cranes’ in their final group game just three days earlier, the Ugandans got the better of them in the same fifth-place playoff almost a year ago to the day at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Norma Plummer’s team found it very hard to get the better of Uganda which saw them succumb to a defeat.

The defeat hit goalkeeper Maweni very hard. She says is battling to accept the loss.

“Hurt, we didn’t expect to finish sixth, but we will take it, it’s part of the game but it really hurts, we really wanted a fifth place finish, so we will have to settle for finishing sixth. It just really hurts and it’s hard to describe how I feel now,” said Maweni, who was also trying to hold back tears.

Maweni, who played in her final World Cup couldn’t manage to stop the tears from flowing when asked about the impact of the fans.

“It’s my last World Cup, I didn’t expect to finish things (like this), but I am proud of myself,” she said.

“I am proud of the fans who cheered whether we won or lost. It was an electric atmosphere and it’s always on honour to play at home. It’s my home town and my family got to watch me and I am looking forward to what lies ahead.”