Mwawi ‘thinking’ of quitting Malawi Queens: Demand NAM to pay players

Malawi’s only professional netball player, Mwawi Kumwenda who play in New Zealand has vowed never to play for the country’s national team if the Netball Association of Malawi  (NAM) won’t settle the allowances the body owes them players  from 2012.

Mwai Kumwenda: Pay players or bust

Mwai Kumwenda: Pay players or bust

The star shooter in an exclusive interview with Nyasa Times in Blantyre, said  she is not going to join Malawi Queens training  camp in preparations for the three-match test series  in England next month.

She said  association needs to settle their allowances  as the players are demotivated, saying failure to honour that will not attack her to play.

“No money, no camp, ma player sizitsulo kapena makasu kuti azingotiseweretsa mpira osamatipatsa ndalama zathu, atipatse ndalama zathu kaye ndiye ndipita otherwise ayiwale [ players are not slaves. We need to be paid our due allowances. No pay, no play for me],” said Mwawi.

The shooter said she was speaking on behalf of other players who she claimed have been muted due to intimidation that those who  voice out will be dropped from camp.

“I would rather NAM pay the rest of the players and exclude me. I will go and play but if the players are not given their allowances I will not go and play because they will not give in their best,” she added.

Mwawi excused herself from the Fast5 Netball Series in New Zealand a fortnight ago, saying it coincided with her trip to South Africa for dental surgery.

The New Zealand Easiyo Tactix club player said although she was in the country at the time of the Fast5 tournament, she travelled and spent six days in South Africa prior to the competition.

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Che Mbuje
Guest
First of all I would like to respond to article number 41. This is abusing word that is not needed to a grown up person to society. This matter is an easy to sort out. Myself I like Mwawi decision but not quiting playing netbal. One day Mwawi should know that she will be member of the board. I wish to ask my fellow board members to listen carefully what Mwawi is voicing and those issues must be sorted out by you. I played football to play and run 90 mins its not a joke. Malawi football and netball players… Read more »
Ntchembere
Guest

Egrita Ndala, iwe ndi ntchembele inzathu. Kodi wamva zanena Mwawi? Ndiye siutenga mbali ya ACB panepa?

Myself
Guest

BUT THIS NETVALL TEAM IS ALSO FUNDED BY AIRTEL AND SOME OF THE FUNDS ARESUPPOSED TO CATER FOR THESE ALLOWANCES! CHINUNDA? BAPU CAN U HEAR THIS? ME?

opportunist
Guest

Mwanakazi uyu khwakutowa

Mbanangwa
Guest

That is the way to go Mwai Kumwenda. Most of the groups and tribes enjoy in masking and mere complaining. If no courageous people will speak for them, then they will die in their shells.

Khuni
Guest

Mwawi has a point. Fully behind her.

mjiba
Guest

fully support you Young lady: players need to be paid net ball is our only pride PAY THEM NOWWWW

Pastor
Guest
Mwai ndi opusa. You cannot be patriotic mpakana kukana kupita ku New Zealand chifukwa cha ndalama? Please do not be cheated, there is no way the others can be paid and she is left out. She is fighting her own battle. And you lied to be going to RSA for cash? Shame on you Mwai. Sports council, please ground the whole team or else Mwai should never return to the team. Akakhale ku NZ konko and we will forget about her. She forgets that she is famous becoz we write and read about her in Malawi. Ku NZ ndi munthu… Read more »
chilimantharika
Guest

This pastor is very pathetic. Talent isnt cheap. If it were cheap then Rooney would have been playing for Arsenal. Get a life. Mwai you rock.

opportunist
Guest

100 percent in support of Mwayi .Kuzolowela kubela ma player ovutika .Sack all NAM officers

Bristol
Guest

I did not know that netball players have unpaid allowances. It seems thay have accumulated for sometime. My question to NAM is: Do you take players as important or just slaves as Mwawi has put it. Please pay them now before camping for the next games. There is no issue about Tumbuka or Lomwe here. The truth remains: NAM has not paid them their allowances.

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