Ama Agbeze joins Severn Stars for 2020 Vitality Netball Superleague season

Malawi's international defender Towera Vinkhumbo also joins the franchise

Last Updated: 08/11/19 4:08pm

Ama Agbeze joins the franchise after a season with London Pulse

Ama Agbeze has joined Severn Stars ahead of the 2020 Vitality Netball Superleague season with Malawi international, Towera Vinkhumbo, also signing for the franchise.

The defender, who was England's captain for their gold medal triumph at the Commonwealth Games 2018, makes the move to Stars after a domestic season with London Pulse.

Vinkhumbo, who like Agbeze is a GD and GK, has been an international player for Malawi since 2010. She has been to three Commonwealth Games and was part of the Malawi's recent campaign at the Netball World Cup in Liverpool.

The duo complete an exciting line-up at Stars which includes mid-court maestro Liana Leota, Wales internationals Nia Jones, Bethan Dyke and Georgia Rowe and the star of the recent Fast5 competition, Lucy Herdman.

Liana Leota Georgia Rowe
Bethan Dyke Nia Jones
Paige Reed Lucy Harris
Ella Powell-Davies Lucy Herdman
Ama Agbeze Towera Vinkhumbo

"Since its inception the team has had a growth in its on court prowess, results and perception and I'm keen to join the team and contribute to that," Agbeze said about her move to Stars.

Agbeze, although she missed out on the World Cup squad, still has over 100 international caps to her name and is looking forward to working on a day to day basis with Stars' head coach Melissa Bessell and one of their other new signings, Leota.

"I've worked with both of them [Bessell and Leota] before and think they are great motivators, leaders and strong women. Add that to their ability around netball and you have a great environment to thrive."

Vinkhumbo will be experiencing the Vitality Netball Superleague for the first time and naturally, the Malawi international is eager to get going.

"I have a new family in Severn Stars, which will help me to acquire new skills and ideas," she said.

"I am happy that I will be playing with skilled players and experienced players who will push me, some of whom I played against during international matches."

Stars will take to court for the first time in front of spectators at a pre-season tournament in Bath at the beginning of December.

The team's Superleague season begins alongside all of their competitors in Birmingham next year. The Season Opener on February 22 will be live on Sky Sports and Stars will be third onto court against Saracens Mavericks.

Sky Sports is your home of netball and live action returns with this three-Test tour to South Africa. The first Test from the Velodrome in Cape Town will be shown on November 29 at 5pm.