Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) president Rosy Chinunda has assured that time of acrimony and petty fights with players is over.
Chinunda made the assurance after Malawi Sports Minister Grace Chiumia grilled NAM over their bossy behaviour towards players and advised them to put their house in order for the betterment of the game in the country.
Speaking on Tuesday during a luncheon, which was organized by Airtel Malawi to welcome the Queens, which took place at Ufulu Gardens in Lilongwe, the Sports Minister warned NAM to stop getting into personal fights with players,,
She cited an example of Mwawi Kumwenda versus NAM saga, which erupted before the team left for Australia to take part in the just ended World Cup Tournament.
“I advised you to treat players like your children and avoid confrontation, especially in the media. It is demoralizing to the players and this also dilutes the respect people have for NAM,” Chiumia said.
Chiumia cautioned that getting into personal fights will players is “shameful and not good for the development of the sport,”
But NAM president Chinunda said it’s now time for cease fire and assured that they will be sorting issues like a family.
She also said NAM will no longer interfere with the work of the technical panel like what they did by imposing some players to coach Peace Chawinga Kaluwa on the list of players who went to World Cup.
The Queens finished sixth slot at the World Cup behind the likes of South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and England just to mention a few.
However, the team produced an electric performance during the tournament and no wonder their goal shooter Mwawi Kumwenda was selected player of the tournament.