Malawi Queens netball players received a major boost ahead of their Fast5 Netball World Series Tournament which will take place at the in Auckland, New Zealand from 9-11 November with promised of increased perks.
During Wednesday’s afternoon training session, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Enock Chihana stormed their training camp at Blantyre Youth Centre where he revealed that government was finalizing on a document which will see the Queens getting allowances at par with the national football team, the Flames.
“As a token of appreciation to our Queens, government is working on some documents which will see them getting allowances at par with the Flames. We will also continue improving the welfare of our netballers because this is the only sport making the country proud,” said
He however urged the players to work hard during training in order to upset the tables during the tournament.
The minister also appealed to the Malawi Queens to put up a stunning performance
in order to move from position fifth in the World to three or two at least.
“I came to encourage you that government is behind you, and we want you to make us proud by beating the so called big teams in the World,” said Chihana.
He went on to appeal to the nation to give moral support to the players and put them in prayers because they are going to New Zealand carrying the Malawi flag.
Netball Association of Malawi general secretary Helen Mpinganjira assured the minister that the girls were geared to fight hard in order to attain a better position.
“We are fully prepared because our aim is to finish the tournament on a better position in the World,” said Mpinganjira.
Malawi Queens captain Caroline ‘Ayuda’ Ngwira hailed government through the minister of Sports for considering their allowances.
“It is a motivation to us and we will work hard for our nation. We want to finish even on top slot in the World by beating the likes Australia, yes we can do it and we will do it with your support and God,” said Ngwira.
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