Zimbabwe netball team captain Felisitus Kwangwa has signed a new contract at English netball club Surrey Storm ahead of the 2023 Superleague season.
Kwangwa who recently helped the Gems qualify for next year’s World Cup will be competing in her third straight season at Surrey Storm after initially joining the side ahead of the 2020 season.
In a statement yesterday Surrey Storm said the Gems captain together with Leah Middleton had signed new contracts ahead of the new season.
“Surrey Storm is delighted to announce the re-signing of Zimbabwe Captain Felisitus Kwangwa and Storm GK Leah Middleton for the 2023 Superleague season. Both Kwangwa and Middleton return in the duck egg blue and were quite the defensive combo last season,” Surrey Storm said.
“After finishing strong towards the end of 2021, Kwangwa returned home to play in the African Championships and Pent series. Upon arrival ahead of the 2022 Superleague Kwangwa, she was ready to take a starring role in the squad.
Kwangwa made an immediate impact last season after missing the opening games due to visa registrations, establishing a formidable partnership with Middleton.
A firm favourite with the club’s fans, she was named Surrey Storm’s Most Improved Player during the club’s postseason awards.
“I’m grateful to be part of Storm family this coming season. The goal is always to be crowned the champions of 2023 season and that is what we will strive for,” Kwangwa said,
Surrey Storm head coach Mikki Austin said: “We are excited to welcome Leah Middleton back to Surrey Storm for the third year. Leah gives us the presence within the defensive circle required within the VNSL Leah ended 2022 sitting 3rd in the VNSL for deflections. We look forward to continuing to work with Leah on her defensive game in 2023. Felisitus worked tirelessly on her game throughout the season and reaped the rewards in court time. She is a relentless tracker with the ability to win ball when it counts, and I truly believe will continue to thrive into next season. We look forward to seeing what Felisitus can achieve,” she said.