Minister of Youth Development and Welfare, Symon Vuwa Kaunda has pledged that government will construct a multi-million netball court in Lilongwe.
Kaunda announced this on Tuesday in Blantyre when he welcomed Malawi Queens from a Four-Nation Invitational tournament in Perth, Australia where they managed to smash South Africa 61-37 after going down to New Zealand and the host country Australia.
The minister pledged the netball court after being requested by Malawi Queens coach Edith Kaliati.
“Government will construct a netball court in Lilongwe. We will build one of the fantastic courts because we want our team to have enough facilities so that next time we should beat other teams like England and Australia,”said Kaunda.
The court according to Kaunda will cost them K500 million.
In her speech, Queens mentor asked government to construct a good court for the team because the one they use (Blantyre Youth Centre)is of sub-standard.
“Our plea to government is to help us with a world class court because we train on a sub-standard court comparing with our friends. I can assure you that with proper facilities next time we will beat teams like Australia, South Africa, Jamaica and New Zealand,” said Kaliati.
The Coach also urged the stake holders and government to fund the team to be engaged in friendly matches rather than sitting idle waiting for next competitive games.
During the Australia trip, Queens evergreen shooter Mwayi ‘Professor’ Kumwenda won an ipod touch 4 for been the best player in their game against South Africa.
The Queens are also likely to overtake South Africa on first position in Africa and fifth in the World.