Malawi Queens netball star shooter Mwawi Kumwenda’s glittering role has been brought to an end after Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) president Rosy Chinunda declared that she will not be forced to return for national duty.
Chinunda accused the stay-away shooter of insubordination for accusing the association in the media over unpaid allowances for the players.
“We can proceed without her as commitment starts from the heart,” Chinunda said as quoted in the press.
“Is it not the same administration and the same Rosy who helped her to be where she is? Sometimes people get drunk with money. You don’t insult your parents and the public that made you,” said Chinunda.
The New Zealand’s Tactix’s shooter Kumwenda insisted she was fighting for the plight of Malawi Queens players, who she says are muted to express themselves for fear of reprisals.
Chinunda downplayed Kumwenda’s absence during last week’s two-match test series in England where the Queens lost and lacked the usual spark.
Malawi has, in Kumwenda’s absence, lost eight straight competitive games.
The Queens are will be heading to Sydney for the World Cup next year and Chinunda says they can move on without Kumwenda but there will be recalls for Beatrice Mpinganjira and Tina Kamzati who excused themselves.
According to Chinunda, even in the absence of Kumwenda, the Queens shooting has improved, saying the team need to improve on attack and defence.
She praised the performance of centre player Takondwa Lwazi, shooters and goal attackers Lorraine Ngwira, Jane Chimaliro and Sindi Simtowe as well as newcomers Martha Dambo and Beauty Nyangulu.