Malawi Queens training camp cancelled: Mwawi’s return doubtful

Controversy continues to rock Netball Association of Malawi ( NAM) will never seize to  amaze Malawians following  Wednesdays  drama, when they called  Malawi Queens players to converge at Blantyre Youth Centre to enter trainings camp in readiness for the forthcoming World Netball Championship scheduled to take place in Australia, only to change their decision at the eleventh hour.

Rose Chinunda:  Not enough money

Rose Chinunda: Not enough money

The players, who brought their belongings arrived BYC around 4:00 pm waiting for a bus to pick them up to their lodge. But after waiting for three hours, the players were surprised to be told
that they should return back to their homes, as there was a slight change.

Some of the players told Nyasa Times that they were ill-treated.

“These people take us for granted. This really shows that our officials do not know what they
are doing and what they want,” said one player who asked not be mentioned, saying “they will suspend me.”

“ We were forced to go back home late evening using public transport. They gave us transport to board min-buses as if we went there to do personal things,” she said.

Another player said they were told they will go into camp Friday.

Meanwhile, Nam President Rose Chinunda was quoted in the local press that the Queens will participate in the 2015 edition of the Netball World Cup- scheduled to kick-off on August 7 to 16 in Sydney, Australia without any friendly match.

Chinunda said the Government of Malawi, who are the major sponsors of the Queens, do not have extra funding for the team.

“I don’t think we will have an opportunity to play any friendly due to lack of funds. At the moment, we do not have much resource to spend on friendly games and international tournaments,” said Chinunda.

According to the NAM president, the team’s participation at the World Netball Championship will cost about K100 million.

On another note, Malawi’s sole netball export Mwawi Kumwenda’s saga with Nam has resurfaced, with Kumwenda’s family insisting that the association entirely withdraws its warning letter over her alleged indiscipline or else the player will not take part in the World Cup Tournament.

Kumwenda arrived in the country on Wednesday through Kamuzu International Airport.

Her manager, Hlupikire Chilamba said as long as NAM does not address the concerns that were raised by the family, she will not return to the Queens.

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19 thoughts on “Malawi Queens training camp cancelled: Mwawi’s return doubtful”

  1. Yankho says:

    NAM I ask you to give Mwai and her family members another warning. A Malawi tikhale tikukamba za Mwai mpaka liti? Kdi makolo akewo njalayi sakuyiona? Mwalo moti tizilimbana ndi boma kuti kodi a Malawi adya chiani chaka chino nkhani ikhale ya Mwai. Asewere asasewere Malawi imangolekezabe pa #5. Mungodikira mwana wanga Thandizo akakula panopa ali ndi zaka ziwiri ndi theka akangokula muona Malawi ndi Queens kukhala #1. Please NAM take my advise give them another warning

  2. Tengupenya says:

    Stars that have reached peak of their achievement for the national team are best left alone to manage their professional careers without further ado for the national team. Every star knows what is best for them, and rationality means there cannot be any further achievement or honors to continue national duty unless the Queens are given resources to prepare to fight for higher global rankings.

    On the other hand, there is money, possible fame and glamour to be gained by old stars playing professional netball elsewhere.

    So to NAM and concerned stats: Agree to disagree, part ways, and keep your peace. Queens may not progress on the global rankings without training new stars or without investing resources for upgrading the standards for the Queens drilling. Let the stars who proudly brought us where we are now have and use their energy to earn money elsewhere without forcing them to negotiate comebacks to national duty. They did their part.

  3. mhango says:

    atumbuka akapeza mwai kuzikonda too mch… ka ntundu kopepera aka

  4. AdmirerWaMwawi says:

    Mwawi asakasewere. Warning letter amalemba choncho? Anyasatimes get the letter from Mwawis manager anthu aione. Nam ubulutu basi.

  5. peter mshali says:

    mwai see ur future come back to play for national team,parents as far as any administration is concerned,warning letters are enevitable,NAM DONT WITHDRAW THE LETTER,

  6. Mphwache says:

    I have seen some comments condemning Tumbukas, just because Mwayi is one. I think this is uncalled for and stupid. Do you know that out of the First 10 Netball National team members Joyce Mvula, Bridget Kumwenda, Laureen Ngwira, Grace Mhango, Sindi Simtowe, Mwayi Kumwenda, Towera Vinkhumbo are Tumbuka? The same applies to the National Football team. Suprisingly, no Lhomwe, Yao, Sena are ever represented in these teams. So you guys keep quiet, I am Sena myself but I am thankful of the contribution these Tumbuka are doing to this nation. And its not only is SPORTS.

  7. Mzaliwa wapa Nkk says:

    Inu mutayeni mwayi alibe nthito.Asayiware kuti wachokera pati? Lino ndi dziko Limaseka.

  8. Kasim says:

    Kodi nkhani yoti atumbuka ikigwitizana bwanji ndi madandaulo a Mwai. Kaya ndinu amtundu wanji don’t hate successful people bdcoz of tribe. Do your part to imancipate your fear and hate of tumbukas who by all meaning and senses are economically OK than all other tribes in the country

  9. Totolitotoli says:

    Mwai is not bigger than Malawi,vuto la atumbuka ndilimenelo ‘matama’ akuti chifukwa akusewera kwa azungu, sangadzudzulidwe ‘kuno ndi kunja’ should know.Chilipo chidzamupangitsa kuti awafune a NAM kuti amuthandize ‘azakola chule’ musiyeni.

  10. mbani says:

    we need mwai

  11. Nkhedu says:

    Osangozisiya bwanji aaaah. Mukumatinyasanazo akapoli inu.

  12. john says:

    Koma Mwai should know that she need to be humble.she should not be big headed coz of her current status.The World recognised her coz of the same team she is snubbing.Izi zokumanirana mtimazi won’t take her anywhere.kuli konse munthu u respect authority.if NAM withdraws the warning letter what message will she be sending?

  13. The Real ujeni says:

    Millions of kwacha was spent hosting some dinner called mapwevupwevu at some palace in the worlds poorest country, another K300m has been budgeted for construction of banquet halls at all the palaces of the king and queen. While a national netball team the only national team that wins matches is struggling to pay players allowances, even to camp for matches,they also use some wreck, ran down public transport.

  14. VIYAZI TEMBO says:

    ANTHU OTEMBELELEDWA, ZINTHU ZIDZASINTHA LITI KUMALAWI? THAT’S WHY KUZAMBIA AMANGOTITUKWANA, GUYS JUST GOOGLE LUSAKA TIMES AND CHECK YOURSELF THE COMMENTS ABOUT PRESIDENT LUNGU AND MCHINJI RAILWAY, YOU CAN FEEL LIKE DENOUNCING MALAWIAN CITIZENSHIP.

  15. Charter says:

    Mwawi, please stick to your gun! Don’t accept repression’s ugly head. At least by being in Malawi for the games you showed your patriotism. Chinunda and her “NAMA” ndo onama!

  16. haward says:

    Ndalama koma kumangochitira ma dinner at state house osawona kuti mutha kusunga zimenezo ndikuwapatsa anthu oyenerera. Kodi moti adali kamuzu yekha yemwe ankazindikira za sports basi? Chifukwaa president enawa amawona zopusa kuthandiza zimennezi koma kugula ma bank ndi manyumba zawo basi

  17. peter muthanyula says:

    The problem with Malawi is that whenever adequate funding is available, officials share the money. Players are never given their full allowances even if adequate funding is available. Pamapezeka kachifukwa konamizira kenakake basi. This applies to all sports categories. Kadziko kotembeleredwa aka, aaah! Tiyeni tisiye kaye za sports izi… tizayambirenso tikazasiya kuba

  18. The Observer says:

    Net ball is not Rose Chinunda’s play thing !
    She is falling miserably and killing the game
    IT IS TIME FOR HER TO GO

  19. captain says:

    This Nam thing sucks. They should account for the whole money for the last trip

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