At a time when the nation is still waiting for Netball Association of Malawi to name the Queens Coach, the advice from the team’s evergreen shooter, Mwawi Kumwenda is that the country needs an expatriate coach.
Kumwenda, who is in the country on an off season holiday, said it is high time the nation employed a foreign netball coach to be deputized by a local mentor.
“I feel that if we are serious in upgrading the game in the country, we need a foreign coach from either Australia or New Zealand because these countries are far ahead from us,” said Kumwenda.
She cited an example of South Africa which has a foreign coach, insisting days of undermining netball is gone.
“That is just my suggestion because l know with issues of resources it could be a toll order but at the end of the day things can improve for the better in as far as netball is concerned in the country,” said the former Kukoma Diamonds netballer.
Commenting on the team’s preparations ahead of the Fast Five tournament, Kumwenda appealed to the corporate world to assist the Queens so that they can have an early camp.
“Our friends have already started preparations for the tournament and this is the right time to go into camp if we want to bring good results,” said Kumwenda.
She however, was optimistic of good results if their preparations will be smooth, insisting the team needs friendly matches before the tournament.
The Queens, who are ranked fifth in the World have skillful netballers in Mwawi Kumwenda, Sindi Simutowe, Towera Vinkhumbo, Beatrice Mpinganjira, Takondwa Lwanzi, Joana Kachilika, Caroline Ngwira and Bridget Kumwenda but most of the times they are let down due to lack of enough resources.
Currently, they bank their hopes on government and Airtel Malawi.