Malawi national netball team shooter Joyce Mvula is in the UK on a six month netball tour where she will be attached with one of England’s top netball outfits, Manchester Thunders which finished second top in Netball Super League.
Mvula, who is Blue Eagles Sisters player, joins Manchester Thunders for the new season that starts on 18 February, 2017 and she is expecting to beef up the team.
“Our coach watched Mvula at World Cup last year and we watched her at Fast Five [in Australia]. We were impressed,” the team’s Franchise Director Darbie Hallas 8s quoted as saying by Malawi High Commission on her arrival in UK.
“More teams are looking for Malawian netball players, we have a relationship with Mary Waya who has been very helpful to make this happen,” Hallas said.
The team’s coach Karen Greig is quoted as saying she looks forward to having Mvula and winning the league this year. She said the player will be featured this Saturday in a friendly game to test the English fast netball.
On his part, Second Secretary [Press ] at the mission Kondwani Munthali said the Mission and Malawi community were excited with netball’s first export to the UK hoping that the deal will open opportunities for more teams to bring in Malawian players to England and other European countries.
“Malembe Makawa, who represented the Malawi Manchester Association, said the Malawi Community in Manchester now consider Thunders as their netball team and will patronise the event,” the Commission said.
Mvula said of her joining the team: “I am just praying everyone should believe in me and I will give my best to make my country proud.”