Nam eyes Magombo to sharpen Malawi Queens attack

Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) has plans to rope in towering shooter Linda Magombo-Munthali for national team which is preparing for Africa Netball Championship scheduled for June 24-29 in Blantyre.

Nam president Rose Chinunda said Magombo-Munthali would strengthen the shooting department in the absence of Malawi’s only professional netball Mwawi Kumwenda who is based in Australia.

Chinunda said Nam was impressed with Mogombo-Munthali’s performance during the K12 million GOtv Netball Championship held in Lilongwe last weekend where she played for her team Bingu Tigresses.

“We are looking at the possibility of including Linda in the Queens squad because it would help a lot to have more shooters,” Chinunda said.

Magombo: To inspire Malawi Queens
Magombo: To inspire Malawi Queens

“She has also an advantage that she is able to play as goal defender or goal keeper.”

Magombo-Munthali, who switched to netball from basketball because of her height advantage, returned to action on Saturday after a-two-year hibernation because she is based in South Africa.

She inspired Tigresses to defeat Civo 43-31 and Blue Eagles 43-38 but the team drew 34-all against MTL Queens 34-34 and lost to Escom Sisters 44-30.

Tigresses assistant coach Charles Mhango was impressed with the goal-shooter for her impressive appearance.

“She played well especially against Blue Eagles. We are happy to have her in the squad and we want to help her gain match fitness. She offered us a variety of options both upfront and in defence,” he said.

Blue Eagles Sisters coach Sam Kanyenda said his charges were unable to cope with her presence.

“We had anticipated that she would be in the team but we never made any plans to stop her. Now we know that she is around we will develop a game plan for her,” he said.

Magombo-Munthali told the competition’s website that she was amazed with the support she got from fans.

“I am surprised that I played well today because I am now based in South Africa and I haven’t played netball for about two years. So I am just humbled by the appreciation that I am getting from the fans,” she said.

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