In a dramatic turn of events, the Netball Association of Malawi ( NAM) has left out all Tigers key players in the Malawi Queens squad which has gone into camp in preparation for Test Series in Australia and the Fast5 Netball World Series in New.
In their 20-member squad released on Wednesday, NAM has left Malawi Queens key goal shooter Sindi ‘Sniper’ Simutowe alongside Beatrice Kadango, Grace ‘Pincord’ Mhango and Lauren Ngwira.
However, the mother netball body did not specify reasons on why they have left these first choice players, who have been always called for camp.
An inside source from NAM, however confided with Nyasa Times that there was a directive not to include any Tigresses player because of the saga that took place last weekend in Lilongwe during the Presidental Netball Finals.
During the finals, Tigresses refused to oblige to NAM’s decision of banning them from the tournament after they featured Lauren Ngwira, who was tested pregnant.
Tigresses refused to vacate the field of play to pave way for other teams to continue the games until NAM called off the finals to a later date.
The squad, which has been dominated with six Diamonds players, there are many new faces from smaller teams like Lameck Queens, Airwing and Mafco.
For instace, there is Maggie Sikwese from Lameck Queens and Hendrina Longwe from Air Wing.
The only notable faces in the squad are New Zealand based Mwawi ‘Professor’ Kumwenda, Joana Kachilika, Caroline Mtukule, Jessica Mazengera, Joyce Mvula, Tina Kamzati, Bridget Kumwenda, Takondwa Lwazi and Jane Chimaliro.
The team will be coached by Griffin Saenda assisted by Mary Waya.
Malawi Queens will play against the New Zealand Silver Ferns and the Australian Diamonds next month and the Fast5 Netball World Series in Auckland in November.
The following is the squad which has been chosen without Sindi Simutowe, Beatrice Kadango, Grace Mwafulirwa and Lauren Ngwira.
|1||Mwayi Kumwenda||Peninsula Waves|
|2||Joyce Mvula||Blue Eagles|
|5||Takondwa Lwazi||Blue Eagles|
|13||Maggie Sikwese||Lameck Queens|
|14||Jessica Chikooka||Blue Eagles|
|16||Cecilia Mtukule||Blue Eagles|
|20||Linda Mvula||Gerald Tasaukadala|
|22||Mary Waya||Assistant Coach|
|23||Junnier Bamusi Kazembe||Team Doctor|
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