Tigresses fined, suspended player cleared

Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) has finally passed the verdict on Tigresses Netball team following the disruption of a presidential netball cup competition in Lilongwe three months ago.

NAM disciplinary committee met on Tuesday where a resolution was made that Tigresses pay a fine of K40, 000.00.

The disruption started when Tigresses player Laureen Ngwira was suspended after she failed a pregnancy test a move that forced the team to protest and refused to play.

Ngwira has since been cleared by the association and is eligible to play in domestic competitions.

Lauren Ngwira cleared

Both NAM General Secretary Carol Bapu and Tigresses Manager Hellen Mpinganjira expressed satisfaction with the verdict.

Bapu said the verdict will help her association to set up a new date for the presidential cup games.

Tigresses are expected to play Blue Eagles Sisters in the semi-finals of the Presidential Cup and the winner will play Diamonds in the finals.

Tigresses Manager Hellen Mpinganjira has since expressed excitement over the clearing of Ngwira who is not only influential to Tigresses but also to Queens’s national team.

“We are happy that she is now free to take part in our matches. We thank the committee for saying that as long as she is not pregnant, she is free to play” said Mpinganjira.

NAM paid heavily for its decision to drop Tigresses players following the fracas that happened at the Presidential Cup championship at the recent competitions of Test Series in Australia and Fast5 Netball World Series in Newzealand as the team failed to impress.

Among the influential players dropped from Tigresses camp were Sindi “Sniper” Simutowe, Beatrice Kadango, Grace Mhango and Ngwira herself.

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