Netball Association of Malawi faulted on player export

Sports analysts have faulted the Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) on the way it handles transfers of Malawi netball players who go and play outside Africa.

Joyce Mvula, one of Malawi’s  netball export (l)

Reports have shown that exports like Mwawi Kumwenda, Joyce Mvula, Towera Vinkhumbo and Laureen Ngwira all went to play outside Africa but the teams they went to play for never paid a single penny to clubs that groomed these players back home in Malawi.

Club officials have disclosed that NAM told the clubs to allow the players leave just like that.

In a programme called Times Sports 360 aired last Friday evening on Times Radio, analysts Ojuku Malunga and Mphatso Malidadi strongly accused NAM of the way it handles such international transfers.

“Everybody knows that sports involve money. Clubs spend a lot to develop those netball players and it doesn’t make sense for a club outside Africa just to get a player without paying anything to the parent club.

“It is right and proper that NAM should put in place modalities that will allow clean transfers where parent clubs should also benefit. Clubs should negotiate on their own and agree on terms before NAM can come in to clear the players,” remarked Malidadi.

Taking his turn, Ojuku Malunga suspected foul play on the part of NAM, insinuating that NAM could have been getting something from the transfers behind the parent clubs.

“NAM should explain clearly what has been happening. I think we should have started probing on this way back when Mwawi first went to Australia. Something must have been happening behind the scenes.

“NAM should borrow a leaf from football transfers. Transfers of those girls could have benefitted the parent clubs a lot,” charged Malunga.

 

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Debbie Hallas (Manchester Thunder)
Debbie Hallas (Manchester Thunder)
4 months ago

What a highly inaccurate article. As a journalist I’d encourage you to do more research before printing a story like this. Very accusatory without the full story & a real lack of knowledge of international netball. You tell me which clubs In Suncorp Super Netball, ANZ & UK Superleague command transfer fees at the moment. Netball isn’t financially in a position to do so unless a player wants to break a contact. We’ve invested in two Malawian netball players, and we develop them in many way which in turn helps the Malawi Queens. We also give back to their clubs… Read more »

Mnzungu
4 months ago

Thanks for the clarification Debbie. Lots of unprofessionalism in journalism today. Having professional players in Europe and Australia has improved the Queens a lot.

Dr Elizabeth Maliwichi
Dr Elizabeth Maliwichi
4 months ago

Thats very bad if it was like that. There is still time to rectify the situation. And these clubs must value our players and pay back. No wonder our clubs remain poor in spite grooming international players such as joyce, mwawi and the rest

Busuman Banda
4 months ago

why give them away for free can you get white player from australia for free change the law now

Jay jay
Jay jay
4 months ago
Reply to  Busuman Banda

There must have been some corruption indeed as suspected because no one in their right mind whould let them go for free, especially from a poor country that knows it needs the funds, further investigation needs to happen.

Nyika republic
Nyika republic
4 months ago

Only northerners can play net ball

Chisale
Chisale
4 months ago

Are those players given any contracts by the teams in Malawi or they just play? If the players were given contracts which was legally binding, then they would not leave.
This is a case of teams wanting something but failing to give the best to the players.

johnM
johnM
4 months ago
Reply to  Chisale

In Malawi, the the Netball teams are not professional outfits. I do not think that they issue out contracts to their players. In my opinion, if the players are not bound by contracts then I do not think the teams should be paid because the teams obtaining the services of the players are not buying out the contract as is the case with football teams when they pay money for the players

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