Bongiwe Msomi has taken up a position as coach and netball manager at the University of Johannesburg, signalling the end of her time at Wasps.
Having captained the Proteas to fourth place at the recent World Cup in Liverpool, Msomi is returning to her homeland to take the next step in her coaching journey.
The 31-year-old returned to the Ricoh Arena for a second spell with Wasps but revealed on social media that she will not be back for the 2020 Superleague.
Wasps are yet to reveal any of their players for the new season, but followed Msomi’s tweet with confirmation that the South African star would not be among their squad as they look to bounce back from defeat in the Grand Final in June.
I have been really blessed and netball has always done wonders for me 馃檶! All the amazing steps of my life through this sport have been overwhelming! NO ENOUGH WORDS馃檶馃徎鉂? So excited and already loving being @go2uj @UJ_Sport 鉂ゐ煓忦煆? Thank you @go2uj馃檹馃徎#BongiMsomiNetballFullCircle馃檹馃徎 https://t.co/0qlvR4B4xu
— Bongi Msomi (@BongiweMsomi2) August 22, 2019
We鈥檙e so pleased to now be able to publicly congratulate @BongiweMsomi2 on this amazing opportunity. We will of course miss you on and off the court but we look forward to seeing you flourish in your new role 馃枻馃挍 #onceawasp https://t.co/DrIV2anXni
— Wasps Netball (@Wasps_Netball) August 22, 2019
Netball South Africa confirmed the news on Friday, with details of Msomi’s position which will begin with leading the University of Johannesburg in their Varsity matches.
“The passion I have for netball is at another level,” she said.
“Being the SPAR Proteas captain and being coached by Norma Plummer at an international level, I believe I have a lot to share as we aim to see what we can achieve in the long term.
“I love being part of change and this is an exciting step, not only for me but for a number of young girls I will get to work with at University of Johannesburg.”
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@waspsnetball you've not only been a club but a family to me. Thank you so much for everything and I will definitely miss you all馃挍馃槩馃挍. From the fans, the people I met and worked with through coaching, the team management, my teammates and everybody at wasps, THANK YOU FOR ALL THE GREAT MEMORIES! I will come and support in one or two of the games next year, my heart will always be buzzing for you! #ALWAYSAWASPS 馃悵馃挍 #BongiMsomiNetballFullCircle 馃檹馃従
Msomi is likely to be part of the squad for both – having given no indication of plans for a break or retirement in the announcement of her new role – although it remains to be seen where she will be playing her competitive netball.