Phumelele Hlongwa spent this week in Gauteng playing for the Ethekwini Metro Netball team. Her team is taking part in the National Spar Championship. “Netball is my first love”, she said. Hlongwa went to Gauteng as a player – she plays centre and wing defence, but she is MUT’s netball team coach, a job she started this year.
Hlongwa, who is from Umlazi Township’s R Section, defined 2019 as the best year in her short netball coaching career. “I have the best players; they are passionate about the game. They show commitment. My plan for the MUT netball team is to move from Section C, to Section A, but we will take one step at a time,” Hlongwa said. Also, as part of her plan, she is going to study towards a qualification in netball.
Hlongwa has been playing netball since her primary school days. It was instilled in her by her teachers at Mthethweni Primary School in P Section, Umlazi Township.