Dream comes true for Felistus Kwangwa
ZIMBABWE netball captain Felisitus Kwangwa made her long-waited debut in the Vitality Netball Superleague in Surrey Storm’s 40-42 win against London Pulse on Saturday.
Storm got off to a winning start but could not complete the weekend double after going down 41-53 to Saracens Mavericks 24 hours later.
“It was a dream come true playing my first game in the Vitality Superleague. I was excited, very happy and thank God that we won. I was super excited and I enjoyed every moment— the moments that I wasn’t on court and the moments I was playing the game,” Kwangwa told the Daily News yesterday.
“I have settled well, everything is fine. It’s only the freezing temperatures that are still a bit problematic to me because it’s very cold this side. I have managed to jell in with the team and I’m also coping well with the new training programme, the new set plays and everything I think I’m fine with all that now.
“I’m looking forward to some very good wins because I want to see ourselves playing in the final this year. “Our main game is to lift that Vitality Cup so we have to fight so hard and I have so much confidence in our team that we can do it.”
The defender endured a frustrating wait as the Superleague kick off was affected by the Covid-19 situation in the UK. She was scheduled to make her debut for Surrey Storm in December during the Netball Rise Again Festival played in Manchester.
However, Surrey who engaged in a tournament build-up with a friendly match against the Mavericks pulled out of the competition after one of the Saracens players tested positive for Covid-19.
“I spent my time watching movies whenever I was free (during lockdown) and more premier league netball games trying to see what they do which is different from what we do home,” she added. “Obviously I got a netball session almost every day so that’s how I spent my days.
“I’m now fit for the games but I think I can still be fitter than what I am now, with time at least I will be at the level where I want to be but it takes time for you to get there. “I haven’t set any personal targets, the only thing I want now is just to play and enjoy the game.
“All I ever wanted was to play at least one game so that I know what to expect and that I have tasted action I can only hope to grow together as a group with the team.”