Malawi netball body appoints male coaches for Queens ahead of Fast5 championship

Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) has appointed male coaches Grudging Saenda head coach with Blue Eagles coach Sam Kanyenda his assistant.

Diamonds coach Saenda giving tactical advises to the players during recess.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere
Saenda  while coaching Diamonds
Peace Chawina (L) and Mary Waya: Sidelined
Peace Chawina (L) and Mary Waya: Pave way for Saenda

Peace Chawinga Kalua and Mary Waya were the Coaches for the Malawi Queens when they participated in the World Cup in Australia in August last year.

Malawi Queens are expected to take part in the upcoming Fast Five Netball competition to be hosted by Australia next month.

The tournament is also competed for by New Zealand, England, Jamaica and South Africa, teams that are major forces on the netball scene.

NAM General Secretary Carol Bapu however did not state reasons behind the decision which has sidelined netball legends Peace Chawinga and Mary Waya.

Bapu said Saenda, who has dropped four years ago after being assigned the role of Technical Director and Kanyenda, have been offered three months contract with effect from 20 September, 2016.

She claimed that the males coaches have high qualifications than other coaches including Chawinga Kalua and Waya.

“We looked at the CV of the applicants and these two have impressive records. We are confident that they will deliver during the forthcoming Fast Five Netball Tournament to be held this year,” Bapu said.

The development which has raised eyebrows has come at a time the Malawi national netball team dropped on the ranking from position five to six for the past one year.

Saenda has expressed delightment with his appointment and has promised good results at the Fast5 tournament.

“I have welcomed it and it seems there was something that was not going on good and being a national duty, I will go for it,” said Saenda who was coach for Kukoma Diamonds.

Meanwhile, Netball Association of Malawi has said  the Queens will go into training camp early next month to prepare for the competition.

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5 years ago

I have always followed netball with keen interest. I think NAM should not cheat us that they have realised this time that Peace and Mary do not have the required qualifications to coach our netball stars. NAM should have been in the forefront of making sure that these two impressive women netball coaches are given the required training due to the success of the national netball team. Instead NAM was in the forefront of trying to pull these two superstars down by increasingly meddling in the selection and training of the netball team. I would love the impressive netball team… Read more »

5 years ago

Pepa Mary and Peace.Mpira supanganika.Yambani sukulu mwina mupeze posamira.Sukulutu ndiyabwino ku Africa.In Europe it’s sports not school that pay decent money.Pa Malawi sports umangosauka naji netball.

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