NAM-gate! Malawi Queens allowances stand-off, Africa Netball Championship withdraw raises questions

Netball Association of Malawi ( NAM) is yet to pay about K560,000 to Malawi Queens players for their game allowances during the just ended Diamonds Challenge Netball Tournament, which took place in South Africa.

Malawi Queens still to be paid full allowances

Malawi Queens still to be paid full allowances

Bapu: We spent the funds during the training camp -.Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Bapu: We spent the funds during the training camp -.Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Lebotse Sebego running for another term

Lebotse Sebego running for another term

The Queens, which finished second during the tournament and received K10 million from their sponsors Airtel Malawi before their departure for the tournament.

Nam general secretary, Carol Bapu told the media that they used the K10 million for camping and training allowance when they were preparing for the Diamonds.

According to Nyasa Times investigations, the Queens stayed for eight days in camp and they were being accommodated at Oasis Executive Hotel in Limbe.

They checked in on June 6 and checked out on June 13.

The tam booked 12 rooms for 19 players, two coaches, team manager and team doctor.

The two coaches Peace Kaluwa and Mary Waya were sharing an Executive Room which costs K20,500, while the team manager and team doctor had a room each at the same prize.

The 19 players were booked 9 rooms, with two players sharing a room, except the three players, who were sleeping in one room.

The players rooms were Standard rooms at the price of K15,000. The whole costs for accommodation at this Hotel is K1, 572 000.00.

The 19 players were also paid K15,000 each as training allowance for the eight days in camp. The whole amount on the players training allowance was K285,000, while the two coaches, team doctor and team manager were paid K28,000 as an allowance. This means that NAM spend K112,000 for the allowances.

In total, for accommodation, training allowances, fuel and food approximately Nam only spend close to K3 million out of the K10 million which they were given by Airtel Malawi.

NAM general secretary Bapu said for the actual Diamonds tournament, the air tickets, accommodation, food and allowances in South African were paid by that country’s netball Association.

Some players confirmed with Nyasa Times on Friday they are being frustrated as NAM is yet to give them their allowances for winning two matches against Uganda and Zambia.

One player said for winning a match they are given K20,000, meaning each player is supposed to receive K40, 000 for two wins.

Meanwhile, despite NAM announcing that the Malawi Queens will not participate in this year’s African Netball Championship which throw off this coming sunday,28th June in Botswana, they are yet to officially communicate to the organisers on their withdraw and they risk fine.

Speaking to Nyasa Times from Botswana, African Netball Associations president Tebogo Lebotse Sebego said Malawi was yet to officially communicate to them that they have failed to participate in this year’s competition.

Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Tanzania and hosts Botswana had previously confirmed their participation.

LebotseSebogo said they expect Malawi to take part in the tournament as they confirmed their partipation before the tournament was shifted from
Namibia to Botswana.

“Malawi had confirmed for the games for Namibia. Our expectation is that even though the games have been moved to Botswana they would
still come,” she said.

She however said its only South Africa who communicated to them that they will not participate in this year’s tournament.

Lebotse Sebogo said apart from Malawi losing to South Africa their current ranking as top team in Africa, it risk being fined for failing to take part in the tournament as the Committee will meet and discuss their fate on Saturday.

“As a committee will sit down and discuss what action to take against Malawi for failing to show up to the tournament on Saturday,”said
Lebotse Sebogo.

Africa Netball (AN) will stage its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and elections during the championship.

Lebotse Sebgo who is the first African President from 2010 has confirmed that she will seek re-election.–Additional reporting by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

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We must be calm and practical until all facts are known. Keep focussed and training hard Queens.

just concerned

15 thousand for the whole 8 days?eish bola kumangokagulitsa freezes wa malambe tu ndithu.

The real Ujeni

You allocated K500m for building a dance floor for Peter and Gertrude Mutharika at State House and you leave the National netball team scrounge and suffer like beggars’. Peter Mutharika for once be the president and sort the Queens problems, mbava iwe.


Would the responsible minister intervene please!!! Madame Chiume…these fools are always in the news for all the wrong reasons..poor administration…I’ll treating players n now akuba ndalama



Selfish Mtumbuka

Koma zopanga share ma rooms zo ndiye chamba ine sindingalore asaaaaaaaaaaaa

Selfish Mtumbuka

Ndiye azimayiwo amenewo anatengera mzawo wathawa uja. Nawe Carol Bapu pita kunja udzikayendetsa ma foundation ako kkkkkkkk

Aubrey Thulama
If it were Walter or any other northerner your would have called him names.You would have uttered all sorts of nonsense but since its your people you’re quite.Mabwana aku Airtel, order an immediate audit,forget, zoti mumachindana nawo azimayiwa. Azimayiwa awonjeza kuba.No wonder,you crossed paths with Mwawi Kumwenda.Carol Bapu, you are a dissapiontment,you were voted into office to clear the mess that characterised Hellen Mpinganjira regime and led to her downfall. It’s a crying shame that you have joined a bandwagon of looters.Looking at this whole issue I can feel it that the myth that a witch is worse than a… Read more »

Ngati makolo athu ma profecor ndi ma Dr.akusakaza 577 Billn zopanda mbuyake nde mukuti ife a NAM ana anthu atupikane ndikunyetchera, tikadye kuchipatala.


Chonchi dziko lingakwele?? zimenezi ziononga mbiri yathu paliponse ndingapite akungotikayikila….

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