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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we had a team to rely on,thats 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.


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

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


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


Mwawi ndi dhilu.


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


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!!!!!!


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.


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


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.

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