Malawi’s only foreign netballer Mwai ‘Professor’ Kumwenda left the country for New Zealand on Wednesday afternoon through Chileka Airport upbeat that she is ready to deliver at her new club Tactix.
Kumwenda will create history when she becomes the first player from the southern African nation of Malawi to feature in the New Zealand elite netball league.
The 24-year-old former Peninsula Waves player in Australia told Nyasa Times before her departure that she is going early for a pre-season training.
“I am very excited to start my new life in New Zealand after a long stay in Australia. All I want is to continue putting this country on a world map and l promise Malawians that l will not disappoint them,” she said, escorted by her niece.
“I have come a long way and it is a challenge for me to impress at my new club. I understand there is much competition in New Zealand but trust me with God everything is possible,” she said, adding “I have the physical strength to jump and overpower any defender that dares to challenge me.”
The former Diamonds player joins Tactix after a memorable season at Australia’s Peninsula Waves. She signed a one-year contract.
The shooter made history this year by becoming the first international player to win the Australian Netball League’s Most Valuable Player award in her debut season.
The Malawian towering shooter said she is expected back home on 25 December for a Christmas break before returning on January 4.
Kumwenda only played her first competitive netball game seven years ago, but in that time has developed into one of the most intriguing figures in the game.