AFTER joining her English side Surrey Storm in early November, Zimbabwe senior national team captain Felistus Kwangwa, will make her club debut on Saturday at the Netball Rise Again
Festival where six outfits are going to take part.
The festival will mark the return of netball action to England after the Vitality Netball Super League (VNSL) was cancelled earlier this year owing to the coronavirus outbreak.
Surrey Storm announced that Kwangwa, who has been busy training with the rest of the squad for a month, will make her first appearance for her new paymasters at the six-team tournament that will also feature Saracens Mavericks, Loughborough Lightning, Leeds Rhinos, Strathclyde Sirens and Manchester Thunder.
“Felistus Kwangwa will make her Storm debut at the ‘Netball’s Rise Again Festival’,” wrote Surrey Storm on their official Facebook page.
Kwangwa, who had a joyous first World Cup experience in Liverpool last year representing Zimbabwe resulting in her move to Surrey Storm, will see her club take on Strathclyde Sirens in the second game of the festival.
The first match will be between Loughborough Lightning and Leeds Rhinos while the major highlight of the festival will feature Saracens Mavericks and VNSL champions, Manchester Thunder.
In the previous year, Zimbabwe’s world ranking hindered Kwangwa from joining an English Netball Super League team.
Zimbabwe’s netball team was previously number 14 in the world and they moved two places up the ladder two months ago, a development that has positively impacted on Kwangwa’s intended move to Surrey Storm.
The 25-year-old goal defender, who was bred in Bulawayo’s high-density suburb of Njube, was brilliant during 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup, scooping MVP awards against Northern Ireland and Barbados.
In that regard, Surrey Storm coach reportedly approached Kwangwa with an intention to get her signature, hoping Zimbabwe would break into the top 12 in the world.
Hers is a story of a towering girl who was compelled to take up netball by her teachers at Bulawayo’s Mtshede Primary School and Sikhulile High School.
Kwangwa started doing duty for the junior national sides in 2012 at the age of 17. She captained the Golden Girls at the 2014 Region 5 Games and also led the team at the 2018 Junior World Cup Qualifiers in Botswana.
She became part of the senior netball team in 2014 and a year later she was named the vice-captain going on to shine at the 2017 Tri-Nations Tournament and at the 2019 Telkom Tournament in South Africa where she was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) a feat that, with so much ease, she achieved at the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup.