Malawi Queens still ‘need’ Mwawi: Coach Waya says shooter has ‘private issues’

Malawi Queens head coach Mary Waya has insisted that stay-away shooter Mwawi Kumwenda is still a crucial part of her national netball squad which gears up for the Netball World Championships in Sydney next year.

Mwai Kumwenda:Still part of Queens

Mwai Kumwenda:Still part of Queens

Waya told Nyasa Times in an exclusive interview at White House Hotel in Worcester on Saturday night after Malawi Queens lost 65-44 to England at the University Arena in Worcester.

Kumwenda was not part of the Malawi squad which also lost to England during Wednesday’s match 36-68 at London’s Copper Box Arena.

She also was out of the squad which competed at the World Fast5 Championship in New Zealand last month and Malawi had six straight defeats.

Coach Waya said the towering Kumwenda is very much part of Malawi Queens.

Asked to explain Kumwenda’s omission from the squad for the England series, Waya said the player had been called but snubbed the national duty during the New Zealand games.

“She has her own private issues, when she finishes with her private issues, she will join us,” said Waya.

“We cannot interfere with her private life,” Waya added.

Kumwenda earned the wrath of Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) when she pushed the association to pay Queens players their allowances owed to them about K100 000 ($200) each from the 2013 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in London.

NAM general secretary Carol Bapu in a separate interview in London said Kumwenda situation is not at “breaking point.”

Meanwhile, Waya told Nyasa Times that the players who took part in the two-match England series forms “part of the team that is going to the world championship.”

She hailed Laureen Ngwira  who was given the role of a shooter from her usual goal keeping position, saying she  has “improved tremendously.”

Waya also praised Malawi centre Takondwa Lwazi as an up-and-coming star.

During the Sky Sports live coverage of the Malawi-England match on Saturday, former England netball star Tracey Neville who was a pundit on the commentary panel, described Lwazi as  “a rocket”.

Neville praised Lwazi, saying she  lit up the mid-court with her lightning-quick pace.

Waya also hailed “fantastic” goal attacker Sindi Simtowe.

Meanwhile, Malawi Queens have been drawn with rivals South Africa Spar Proteas in an otherwise easy Pool C for the 2015 Netball World Cup to start on August 7 2015 in Australia.  Other countries in Pool C are lowly ranked Singapore and Sri Lanka.

Zambia and Uganda are the other African teams in the competition.

This edition will incorporate two group stages with the top two teams progressing to the higher ranked matches, culminating in two semi-finals and medal matches on August 16th, according to  International Netball Federation (INF).

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51 thoughts on “Malawi Queens still ‘need’ Mwawi: Coach Waya says shooter has ‘private issues’”

  1. nkhakamila says:

    we had a team to rely on,thats netball.so wat is this shit all about.lets pay them their dues.nawonso ali ndi mavuto awo.mary waya apange retire.she dont fit to to be a coach,she is just trying to frustrate the once honoured netball team in africa and the world.

  2. A NAM chonde tisazchite manyazi ndi nhkaniyi. Bwanji tikambilane ndi Mwai pakuti ali mudzikoli. Let us not be pompus

  3. Mai c says:

    Its a matta ov helping ur country.putting ur country on map but tikatsogoza makwacha ngati chemwaliwa ndiye zitivuta heavy

  4. Mbanangwa says:

    Maawi, Laureen and Sindi are all from the same corner of this country, north! How blessed are these northerners, determined and focused!

  5. bbsupporter says:

    Mwawi ndi dhilu.

  6. A COMMONER says:

    Pressure, pressure, pressure. Rose and ur crew r not bigger than the organisation. Pressure, pressure, pressure.

  7. mabilinganya says:

    More fire mwai!!! Ndakwera yako!! Msikana wolimba mtima!!! Asiye agulukunyindawa!!! Ndipo dont go back to this foolish netball team!!! Ya ! Forsake!!! Or my i stopped working in government because of same attitude of some stupid morons!!! Pano ndili international organisation getting more cash than before!!!!asiyeni anthu opusawa ya zakutumbo basi!!!!!!

  8. mwe says:

    Lets revert to Sayenda, he’s still the best….why do we compromise. Kapena there is a better reason why men are sidelined…….then lets we go back to the drawing board before the elite sport extinguish.

  9. kiddo says:

    Zsmanyazi. zoona mufike mpaka numbr 15 chifukwa chosafuna kukhululuka? Mayi Waya anthu sadzakumbukila mwayi pankhani,ya kutha kwa Malawi queens. Azakumbukila coach yemwe analepheretsa team mpaka kutha ngati makatani. Zikondeni nokha, konzani mbiri ya u coach wanu, muyitaneni mwana wa skill Mwai athandize team

  10. Azombwe says:

    More fire mary waya, osabwelera mbuyo ai walakwa walakwa basi. Azakutolani mwanayu. Komanso a NAM osamunyengelera ameneyu ai mutayeni basi. Asazabwelerenso mu national team ai.

  11. Manyi says:

    OSAMUNTENGELERA MWAI. IFE TATOPA NDIKUMVA ZONYASA ZOMWE AKULEMBA PAFACEBOOK. KODI AKUZIWONA NGATI ITE NDIWOPAMBANA? KUSEWERA KUNJA SIKUTI ITE NDIWOPOSA ENA AI. OMWE AKUWANYOZAWA AZAWAFUNANSO KUSOGOLO AKAZAPUMA KUSEWERA MPIRAWO CIFUKWA KUTI UCITE MAPHUNZIRO A UKOCHI KUNJA AZAFUNA OMWE AKUWANYOZA LEROWA.

  12. Tiwonge says:

    Ndikanakhala ine bwenzi nditamugwira kale yamanja coz mzangayu akugeya mwano pa facebook kwambiri. Woziwa kudoda mpira wamanja siyekhayu pamalawi pano ai

  13. Mwazozo maphale says:

    Mai waya, osamunyengera mwai ai mutayeni basi, mtsikanayu akuzimva kwambiri komanso kudelera.
    Pezani atsikana ena alowa mmalo mwake. Mcindele ichi.

  14. phwisi says:

    Mwai kawawa, Waya out zagalo in!

  15. bubu says:

    Imagine teachers, who work very hard than anybody else in Malawi, are not at all paid for their services. At times they receive a monthly compensation from Government their employer.

    While it is an issue, is it very starnge to see netballers not paid anything? No, not all. Besides these footballers are travelling alot, flying to all sorts of places and accomodated in hotels.

    Do you know how many teachers would want to travel and get accomodated like that? Just throwing a ball like that, should it be a big issue in a country ruled by Bingu? As long as teachers are not paid, any complaint from any Malawian is very INVALID.

  16. jubeki says:

    Ndiye matama akuswa Mwai mungamufune? Mwano weni weni pa facebook

  17. Lizwelithini says:

    ZOONA A MALAWI DZIKO LONSELI LIKHALI NDI MUNTHU M’MODZI ODZIWA KU SEWERA MPIRA? COACH WAKANIKA NTCHITO.

  18. Zondiwe says:

    No. 9, you are showing typical Southern Malawian spirit of not appreciating other people because when Mwawi plays for the National team, she is not representing her tribe at all.
    The coaching panel said that Mwawi was not needed, and the team lost miserably.
    Malawians must learn to appreciate other people, whether they belong to your tribe or not. God created many tribes for diversity, and no one has any right to speak rude things about any other person.
    One reason Malawi is not developing is hatred between tribal groupings. Some tribes feel that they belong to our country more than other tribes, and this is FALSE.
    People like No. 9 are the ones who bring about tribal strife in Africa because they are always thinking and talking ill of other people. Mwawi is a good netball player, and that is what is important. So now the good Tumbuka player was sidelined, and look at the results!

  19. Chawanangwa Mlori says:

    Mama Waya,
    Learn to tolerate those at one point has disagreed with you. Understand why they acted that way. Play a mother role and when they recollect they will give you more respect and give everything in support of you. But when you want to prove that you are a tough guy and be hard even Mwai friends in the team will pray you hard ball and in the long run all the reputation you have built for years will come crumbling and you will be the biggest loser.

  20. Mung'apa vimbwete says:

    Mayi Waya i said again Mayi waya.Mind ur proffensionalis.it can cost the of you if the society is fed up with ur pride pompus and egocentric tactics.We shall never judge Mwai at all but u in terms court out put Mai. Ulamuliro wa mai ena ndi wabwino koma wanuwu buanji??

  21. Mphalive says:

    it is high time Mwayi was patriotic to her country.

  22. EPIGLOTIS says:

    Mary Waya and team if you want to be successful do not start a game of cat and mouse with player. You can not be telling the whole world of Malawi that you are leaving this girl becoz of some private affairs. Here is Mwai a celebrity in Malawi and relied player in the foreign land, what private life are you talking about. Amayi inu mukuoneka ngati mwayamba matukutuku. Ife mwana ameneyu amatichotsa manyazi akakhala mu timu ya queens. Chilipo chomwe mukuchita mayi kuti mwanayu azikupewani. Mchimwene wanu Lawrence Lule Waya sanapange mtima odzimva ngati omwe inu mukuonetsa. Muzisiyatu inu?

  23. Sipherile says:

    Kufunsa ndalama zawo is not a private issue, its PUBLIC…..and the public had the right to know that you, NAM, are not paying their dues YET, all officials including the coach got all their dues way back! What the

  24. chims says:

    nice that ways has swallowed her pride but she should not say Mwai will join the team when she has sorted out her problems.waya should be part of the solution because her position is equally threatened when the team is not doing well. don’t be selfish waya.

  25. Aliphee says:

    a waya mwayiwala zimene amakuchitilani a saenda?

  26. Mbonga Matogal says:

    I watched the two games and I think most of you would agree with me that Malawi was below par. It looked to me as if Our girls

  27. zoonasons says:

    Tiyeni tizimvetsetsana. MWAYI KUMWENDA amanena za ma alawansi ambuyomu atimu yonse.

  28. Chilungamo says:

    Without a doubt Mwayi/Mwawi is our best shooter but don’t overplay her importance. All the teams that have beaten us in her absence have beaten us before in her presence. New Zealand, Australia, Jamaica, England and (dare I say) South Africa have all beaten us in the past. All of them with the exception of South Africa are miles ahead of us in terms of skill, athleticism, organisation, technique, facilities etc. In the case of South Africa, it has always been a see-saw. We have both had our highs and lows against each other. With or without Mwayi/Mwawi we have always hovered around number 5 and 6. Vuto ndi chani?

    1. Kid says:

      Vuto ndi kaluzidwe. Atibatiza nazo zambiri ulendo uno

  29. Hebrews says:

    Under Coach Zagallo Sayenda, Malawi netball team has never lost that measurably. But it clearly shows that in Malawi we do not have good female leaders. Its either jealousy or too much bureaucracy. Ngati a Mary Waya zkukanikani asiyeni a Zagallo apitirize. Its only the netball team in Malawi that has performed well at international stage

  30. Jabu says:

    Should we assume that NAM officials also have outstanding allowances just like the players? I hardly hear them complain. If they get their dues why not the players. Apatseni zao and they deserve it

  31. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    WAYA,JUST EXPLAIN WHY ALOWANCE AS LITLE AS $200 HAS NOT BEEN PAID SO FAR.FACT IS U R USIN LOW MOLALE TEAM .EXPECT TOWIN?NAY.

  32. Aferazao says:

    The pride of the Queens is slowly going to the dogs. Come on NAM bring ada Zigaro back, Mary Waya is bringing shame to Malawi each passing day. When the Queens lost the first game 36 – 68 she said it was because of fatigue. What lie will she tell us this time around after losing again 44 – 65. Shame, shame, shame, shame, shame, shame, shame, shame, shaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame.

  33. master says:

    just surrender that u cant do without mwai kumwenda

  34. ibrahim makwati says:

    kodi nanu macoach simunalandilebe ndalamazanu kapena m’mangoyesa kuti mwina mukachitabwino popanda MWAI KUMWENDA komamwapanga manyazi koma ndiyesimunati m u s o v a

  35. Chokazinga says:

    Mwai usapiteko ku National Team a Chinunda ndi Mary apanga kaye resign ndi atsikana onyoza kwabasi apo bii ndidana nao akutenga ngati timu ndi yao

  36. mfumusinyasa says:

    Mary Waya Sc retired,destroyer of Malawi netball. Full of herself. This team was ably developed by Griffin Sayenda while she sought greener pasture at thr taifa homestead. Only to come back do a little backbiting and topple sayenda. Mulungu alipo

  37. Malunza says:

    Because of your egos Malawi is being put to shame. Please sort the money issue out.

  38. chakwanuleka says:

    The issues between Mwawi and the coaching panel needs mature approach. Its one thing to be a veteran player and yet another to become an effective manager. Mary prove yourself that you can manage situations. Don’t be pompous and arrogant as we notice with our politicians.

  39. aphiri says:

    Kodi netball team ndiyachitumbuka ? Nanga mwina ambili ndi akukaya bwanji. Mwai usazipope kwambili komanso a waya matama siyani . Taonani mwasiyana pati ndi ma flames

  40. kambwali says:

    Perekani ndalama basi

  41. opportunist says:

    Iwe Mary Waya and ur coaching panel just swallow pride u have failed to dent the reputation of Mwai and her friends .U have failed miserably in games u have played without them just resolve ur differences and recall them back to camp .Don7’t forget that this is a nation team not a personal team .

  42. opportunist says:

    Iwe Mary Waya and ur coaching panel just swallow pride u have failed to dent the reputation of Mwai and her friends .U have failed miserably in games u have played without them just resolve ur differences and recall them back to camp .Don’t forget that this is a nation team

  43. Hoitty says:

    mwabi must be having the last laugh now. Kodi ma player aziopa kufunsa ndalama zawo chifukwa choopa kusiyidwa mu team? Mwayi took the risk kufunsa ndalama zake ndi anzake cz enao akuopa kusiyidwa. Bring back Mwawi. Komanso mukapitiriza kumusiya mwawi mupezeka muli ku number 10 kenaka asiya kukuyitanani ku mipikisano imeneyi. So which is better, include mwawi mentain good position and participate in these competition or leave her out and lose and never participate?

  44. cbk says:

    munthu akafusa ndalama walakwa?kapena ngodya zinayi waphwanya?amakuphunzitsani khalidwe la uchiphazi lithe.munthu kumampanga ngati opanda tchito kapena wamaluzi,iyetu nde amapanga charity work kwao ukooo!BAPU and others there stop fighting her otherwise yu will fight yurself coz mw is watching.

  45. Henry says:

    You thought you could do without her? That’s your own problem. For how long will you be saying ‘..Mukukhonza timu?’ Vomelezani kuti mwalephela coaching a Marry Waya anzanu agwile ntchitoyo. MTL Queens yathelatu pano in the same name yopanga build a team. I don’t even think in football we can take a loosing coach to coach the National team. That’s what is happening ku netball, what a shame. Bring back Sayenda, Peace or Mhango, things will change. We have to accept kuti you played better but have failed to coach our Queens basi.

  46. ujeni says:

    Nsanje nsanje everywhere in Malawi. Mwai being professional player does not sit well with some silly NAM officials

  47. Vomerani kuti Mwai ndiwofunika. Mpatseni ndalama zake komanso every other player should receive the said allowances to square up all the grievances

    1. Zadziwika says:

      Other players must be given chance also. Loosing is part of the game. You can see from the story that other players are improving. Mwawi will not always be there in future so let others be given chance. However, the Queens still need her just as the other players!

    2. Paul Matemba says:

      Agree completely with Richard and I would like to add that Mary will kill the only sport that puts this shameful country of ours on the map. What is the Council of Sports or indeed the Ministry of Sports doing about this despicable situation? Typical of maNyasa we will wait till the situation is beyond redemption.

      1. Nyerere says:

        Reading between lines, any sensible person can conclude that Mary Waya, and indeed NAM executive, are egocentric and they do not want to swallow their pride. Why, for God’s sake, leaving out Mwawi? I think the only honourable thing the coach should do is to resign and apologize to the Malawian nation for bringing shame to the once respectable sports discipline in the country.

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