Saenda returns as Malawi Queens coach, Mlilima is deputy: Waya out

Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) has confirmed to have appointed  the Kukoma Diamonds mentor Griffin ‘Zagallo’ Saenda aa Malawi Queens coach  alongside Civonets coach White Mlilima as assistant coach.

Saenda: Malawi Queens coach

NAM president Khungekile Matiya said Saenda will be in charge of the Queens ahead of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games slated for April in Queensland Australia.

Netball legend Mary Waya who was stand-in coach following the illness of veteran mentor  Saenda has  not been considered any role in the new set up.

Waya was in charge of the team that went to Australia for the six-team Fast5 World Netball Series where the Queens finished last after losing all their matches.

She also led the Queens to England towards the end of last year where they played three test series

Matiya  said they settled for Saenda owing to his experience and maturity.

“We felt his experience is vital looking at his track record and we needed someone more mature,” she said.

Meanwhile,  Saenda believes his return as national netball team coach will help bring back the days when the now battered-and-bruised Malawi Queens basked in the global limelight as a force to reckon with.

”I am now feeling much better and ready to take charge of the Queens,” he said.

“I was hurt when the team performed poorly,” he said

Saenda  basks in the glory of being one of the most successful Queens’ coaches having guided them to top five finish in world tournaments twice. Under his tutelage, the Queens also won the regional Council of Southern Africa Netball Associations (Cosana) Championship a couple of times.

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Madubeko
Madubeko
4 years ago

i believe NAM must have someone to understudy Zagaro , its time zagaro had to mentor other coaches on how his magic works, when his time is up we will suffer big time, the other thing is that indeed friendlies are good for our national netball team but i have noted that when we play the teams like England we have been loosing lately nowadays, the reason being simple we go their with the mentality to to just play, our friends have been understudying our tactics ife we have not, we used to beat these teams but now we cannot,… Read more »

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
4 years ago

Mary Waya is suitable to teach or coach youthful teams falling under the ages of thirteen and fifteen and not those that have already gone through the developmental stages. Pearce Chawinga would have triumphed where Mary Waya failed as a coach had it been that she ascended to that position. But she properly noted well in advance the spanners that were thrown down her path which eventually frustrated her more so with her stand of calling a spade a spade which NAM loathed. Pearce was the only player who during her exploits as a national netball player was never substituted.… Read more »

Concerned citizen
4 years ago

Welcome Bwana Sayenda day.

May you be granted victories. Was as a nation are worth it.

chipatso mbewe
4 years ago

welcome Mr Saenda

chipatso mbewe
4 years ago

Abiti Waya wotu majelasi too much, no wonder no chance. And she is the one who has helped the queens to go down the way they have done, osawinapo ndi match imodzi yomwe, shame on you mama – jealous ndi ma players

Wiseman
Wiseman
4 years ago
Reply to  chipatso mbewe

Saenda should be paired with kanyenda who made us proud in the absence of Saenda

Masuzgyo
Masuzgyo
4 years ago

I saw this coming ! Abiti Waya kunkula mtima …She thought she was untouchable on netball issues.
ANYWAY welcome back bwana saenda

opportunist
opportunist
4 years ago

Waya is out now. This is what happens in life. It keeps on changing

champita
champita
4 years ago
Reply to  opportunist

The problem we malawians have is , we don’t analise games what we want is a team to win. Did the team performed well during the three test in uk? Yes very much 90% did well. 10% just because they lost the game. why did malawi lost all three games ? its because the team that played malawi in uk was in cump since july while the other team went to australia , while malawi was in cump for a week. how do do you plan ? on the other hand how many officials travels with the team ? president,… Read more »

Citizen
Citizen
4 years ago
Reply to  champita

Your English grammar is very poor. You better go back to school!

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