The Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) says they expect the junior Queens to do well at this year’s Africa championship qualifiers scheduled for Botswana later next month.
Speaking to Nyasa Times a few days after disclosing that former Queens international Mary Waya is the new Coach for the team following the void left by Connice Mhone’s death earlier this year, NAM General Secretary Carol Bapu said they have high hopes that the team will do well despite taking long to appoint a new coach.
“We have set targets for the new technical team. And that is taking the team to the finals of the competition. We have no doubts that the team will make us proud in Botswana,” said Bapu.
On assertions that NAM took a long time in appointing the new Coach considering that the qualifiers in Botswana are soon, Bapu said they were not worried about time because they wanted to follow proper procedures before making a final decision.
“We have heard other quarters accusing NAM for taking a long time in appointing the new Coach. Let me say that the responsibility of appointing a new coach did not only involve NAM but had people from different quarters including National Sports Council.
“ There were procedure that were supposed to be followed. Despite all this, we have enough confidence in the new coach and hope she will deliver,” Bapu said.
It has taken NAM over four months to announce late Mhone’s successor, a development that raised a lot of eyebrows amongst the country’s netball lovers on NAM’s credibility.
Meanwhile, Bapu has confirmed that the team currently in camp preparing for the Botswana competition is scheduled to live the country on 14July.