Constance Netsai Ngwende (Kadiki)
She is the incumbent Zimbabwe Lady Sables Captain Constance Netsai Ngwende, was born in the mountain town of Rusape, in Manicaland, Zimbabwe.
Height : :1.56metres.
Sables Debut: :2015
Position : : First Centre
Sables Caps: :3
Cheetahs Debut. :2015
Position. :Fly Half
Cheetahs Caps. :8
She started playing rugby in 2010 at George Stark high school, where rugby was introduced by Victor Pekani. In 2013 she was offered a rugby playing scholarship at Vainona high school which she accepted with both hands and joined Vainona School girls RugbyIn 2013 she played at the then Cottco Schools Rugby Festival at Prince Edward School where she was voted and awarded the player of the Festival Award. While still at school she joined Police Defenders Queens a club that she still turns out for today.
In 2015 she was selected to play for the National Women Sables team. In 2016 she was appointed as the vice captain for Women Cheetahs, and in 2018 she was made the Captain a position she relishes and feels privileged to hold.
In 2019 she captained the Women’s Cheetahs to Tunisia for the Africa Sevens Cup where she was unlucky to fracture her right leg. She is still recovering from the injury. At the end of the year awards ceremony she was nominated won the player of the year and also named best back line player.
She attributes her improved self esteem and confidence and the aesthetic values of life such as discipline, respect, passion, commitment and teamwork to playing rugby for the Women Cheetahs and Women Sables . She said “…In the world we live in we need to be resilient and empowered and these are all qualities we learn through playing the game of rugby and the lifelong friendships we make.”
As a player I would want sport in Zimbabwe to be taken as a profession and athletes make a living out of the sport of their choice, she said.
She added, as a woman, she would like to see more women come out to play sport as professionals and she is inspired by what our Sports Minister Honourable Kirsty Coventry achieved and with such luminaries like Honorable Kirsty Coventry leading the Ministry the future can only be bright for our sport in Zimbabwe and sports for the women.