Malawi Queens yet to get Fast5 allowances,  withhold kits in protest

Three months down the line, ten Malawi Netball team players who represented the country at the 2016 Fast5 World Netball Champions in Melbourne, Australia are yet to get their allowances.

Malawi Queens: Waiting in vain

The Queens produced a five star performance and returned home with a bronze medal having finished on a record third position.

Published reports indicates that both Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) and Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) are quiet aware of the matter.

However, MNCS Executive Secretary George Jana has pushed the blame to NAM accusing the Netball governing body of delaying in sending their request.

But Jana was quoted in the Nation newspaper of Wednesday 25th January 2017 that NAM’s request was only submitted last Friday and that it is being processed.

The paper also quoted one of Queens player who openly said the players have lost their cool.

“Our patience has worn very thin now. It is frustrating that up to now, we have still not being paid our dues”.

“It is as if the authorities do not appreciate what we achieved and it is so frustrating” said the player who hailed President Mutharika and former Queens sponsors Airtel for rewarding them after their triumph.

Mutharika gave each of the players K300,000.00 when he hosted them to a cocktail at Sanjika Palace prior to Christmas while Airtel handed them K6 Million upon their return from the tournament.

Knowing how money issues are handled by NAM, the players demanded a direct payment of Airtel Money into their respective accounts but this did not materialise as Airtel only issues a Cheque.

Meanwhile, the players are still waiting to get their allowances for three wins at the Fast 5 and a friendly against rivals South Africa.

They were entitled to K20,000 each for a win while the South Africa win wa pegged at K10,000.

The other money is for their training allowances and total amount each player is expected to receive is about K89,000.00.

The players are currently still holding on to the Queens kit in protest to NAM’s ill-treatment.

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These girls deserves better, the K89,000 is on the lower side. They fight hard to raise Malawi flag high. Lets give them what they dully deserve.