SPAR Madibaz netball player Jami-Leigh Goeda has been chosen for the South African U21 team to play Zimbabwe in a series of matches from Friday to Sunday.
The 18-year-old Nelson Mandela University first-year student is one of 10 players who competed in the 2019 Varsity Netball tournament in the squad. The matches will take place at the Bellville Velodrome in Cape Town.
Goeda will be making her first appearance for the national side and the excitement is bubbling over.
“To me it means my talent has been recognised,” she said. “I have learnt that no matter how tough it gets, you have to strive to do better than yesterday.”
She added that the experience of playing in Varsity Netball had provided several lessons.
“I have learnt that giving up is not an option,” she said. “And if you really want something you have to work hard for what you want.
Goeda said her message to aspiring netball stars was all about self-belief.
“I want to say to anyone out there, if you believe it you will achieve it. It might not be your time now, but have patience for your time will come.”
Looking ahead to the three-match series against Zimbabwe, she added that it was all about continuing to develop her game.
“My goal for this tour is to keep improving all aspects of my game, to become a better player and to help my teammates become better players.
“We know that Zimbabwe will bring their absolute best to the series, as we will.”