Malawi’s foreign based netball star Mwayi Kumwenda has donated money amount to K100,000 to ailing Malawi Queens legend Emma Mzagada, whose health has deteriorated to an extent that she can no longer force herself to the hospital.
Mzagada, who has been ill since 2009, underwent a surgery at Queens Elizabeth Central Hospital to remove abnormal swelling on her thigh.
She urged well wishers to support her so that she can go for proper check-up, and thanks to Mway iKumwenda, who has donated the little she had to her.
Kumwenda sent K100,000 to Mzagada through a friend who went to present the money on Monday.
In a telephone interview from Australia, Kumwenda told Nyasa Times, “ I was so shocked when l read a story of how Emma is struggling on Nyasa Times. I shed tears because myself I regard Emma as a legend in this game.”
She said it was sad to see a person who took part in uplifting Malawi Queens struggling even to find money to go to the hospital.
“I believe in sharing the little I have. We cannot just stay while our friend is suffering and my plea to companies and other well-wishers is that let us support Emma because she raised Malawian flag during her playing days,” said Kumwenda.
Last month, Mzagada told Nyasa Times that doctors suspect that she might have cancer of the leg because she had a swollen leg since playing days.
However, since the death of her mother a few years ago, life has been tough to her because she cannot afford to go for proper examination and medication.
“All I need now is for well wishers to support me so that I can go for proper check-up. I have 3 kids whom I look after and I can no longer give them the support they deserve since am grounded,” said Mzagada.
Asked if Netball Association of Malawi was informed of her condition, Mzagada said that’s none of her concern because she felt she is one of those to have been used and dumped by them.
“Why should I panic when they (NAM) no longer have the desire to check on former players? It’s unfortunate that we have an association that doesn’t care for former players. Mind you, during our playing days, we used to play for the love of the country and they (NAM) knows that. Am not bitter with them because I know they have their own priorities too,” said Mzagada.
For 14 years between 1995 and 2009 Mzagada diligently served the Malawi Queens as a top-notch shooter winning numerous individual awards, including the ‘NETBALL Player of the Year’ accolade six times in a row from 2000.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :