Malawi netball players cry foul over Diamond Challenge money

The Malawi Queens players have cried foul over their share which the team won for being runners-up during the Diamond Challenge Tournament which took place in Pretoria, South Africa.

The Queens, who finished second to the hosts, South Africa after losing 47-43 baskets received R80 000 (K2.8 million).

However, a bulk of the Queens players say they were not satisfied with the cash which Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) gave them.

For instance, the players are alleging that they were given K80, 000 each, meaning out of K2.8 million the players shared K960,000 only.

One player, who opted for anonymity said they feel unappreciated by NAM for giving them K80, 000 each out of the K2.8 million prize money.

“This is unfair and we feel these people do not appreciate our work. These are some of the reasons why netball cannot progress in this country because it is only officials in top positions who benefit more than players,” she said.

Malawi Queens demand fair share

Another player chipped in describing the issue as unfortunate because they felt NAM could have given them huge chunk not peanuts.

“We deserve much more than what we received because we do everything in the field of play. We also heard that Nam president, (Rose Chinunda) was telling the nation that we received our allowance. That’s not true because what we know is that we were communicated on Monday to go and meet at the Manageresses house to get our share of the Diamond Challenge Tournament,” she said.

She went on to stress that when they arrived at the house, there were a few players without their coaches, “We were shocked when each one of us was given K80, 000 cash because that is not what we expected. Players were furious and after receiving the cash we just left the place.”

Nam President, Rose Chinunda described the players stand as unfortunate saying they were given what they deserve.

“Money will always not be enough. As Nam we gave them the right cash which they deserved and it is unfortunate that the players are saying it is not enough,” said Chinunda.

Chinunda also questioned the player’s conduct of rushing to the media instead of using their captain to channel their grievances to Nam.

“They did not follow the proper channel because what we expected from them was to tell their captain before putting everything in writing to us,” said Chinunda.

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