Waya says Mwai could make Malawi Queens return for England games this month

It’s fair to say the standard of  play by Malawi Queens at the World Fast5 series in Australia was  exactly in rude health but coach Mary Waya  has  downplayed the absence of star shooter Mwai Kumwenda as reason for the poor performance.

Mwai Kumwenda: Malawi netball export could return on Queens fold

Mary Waya: Mwai is still Queens player

Waya told reporters soon after landing at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) from Australia that winless Malawi was due to tough opponents.

“We lost all six games; true, but it’s not because we are bad but our opponents were much better,” said Waya.

According to the coach,  the teams at World Fast5 Series had prepared well and the competition was tough.

“The teams had prepared well for Malawi after the impressive performance last year. The players did play well if you look at the margins in all the games,” said Waya.

“Apart from Mwai it is the same players that did well last year. This was an experienced side and we did our best. Mwai cannot make a team. A team is a collective responsibility and not an individual,” said Waya.

Waya has  however sensationally opened the door for Kumwenda  to make a return to the national team.

When asked about a potential return for the England games, Waya said: “Mwai  still remains a Queens player and will be selected.”

Malawi Queens have been invited to play England this November in a three-match Vitality Netball International Series.

The series will be preparations of the 2018 Commonwealth Games which will take place on Australia’s Gold Coast in April 2018.

The Copper Box Arena will play host to the first two games of the 2017 series with England and Malawi going head-to-head for the first time on Friday 24th November at 7.45pm before meeting again just two days later on Sunday 26th November at 2pm.

Both sides then move to the Genting Arena in Birmingham for the third and final game, which will take place on Wednesday 29th November at 7:45pm.


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Lewis Mponda

Nsanje musiye….onani mwakaluzisa team chifukwa chozikonda…….jelous siyabwino….inu munasewela ndipo nthawi yanu inath lero asiyeni ana ngati mwawi kuti nawonso awonese luso lawo

Woyionela Patali
“Akuti anzathu anakonzeka”. This statement is dead. Inu sumunakonzeke? Very disappointed with women administration. Mfiti yaikazi kuuma mtima. You have already done evil to us by kukhala chinankotobwa yet your hearts are still hard. You should know that the money you spend is our money. Don’t think becoz you are in those positions ndiye kuti you are final. If you had listened to Malawi’s advice izi sizikanachitika. Bvomelani kuti zativuta kuti mbali yakuti yakuti sitinali bwino. Tsopano mupanga chiani popeza anthu ake ndi omwewo. Mwai chonde akhululukire anthuwa ngosakhululuke, usabwenzere choipa. Akakuyitana pita ukawaphunzitse mpira monga uchitira maiko akunja aja.… Read more »
Kunena Mosapsyatila
Mary Waya, you are a lair. Netball is a game of points, where by a prolific shooter can make a team win games. Your team had miserable and inconsistent shooters, that is why you performed poorly. I will give you an example of New Zealand; They are in poor shape because they are lacking the services of the retired Maria Tuyayee; one of the best shooters in history. The Cleveland Carvaliers, after many years, managed to win the NBA two seasons ago. What do you think was the contributing factor? The presence of Lebron James ofcourse, who is a prolific… Read more »
Wetema Kili

Iwe Mary usatilankhulitse pambali. Just accept that this time Malawi was weak. How have we been outplaying the same teams in the past. When a glass is half empty dont say that it is half full. This is what you are trying to communicate to us. Malawi without Mwayi is manyaka!!!!

Mtsiliza star

Mary Waya hates Mwai kwabasi


Mary Waya muzafa ndi dyera. If you were a true coach you would have followed what Kanyenda did. Ukufuna ndarama basi.


Mwawi will return yes. On condition that the NAM President and GS must go now now now. Mary Waya says it is the same team the played last year, no no no no. Mwawi was not there. our gem, our cream, she could have made a lot of difference, swallow you pride. We do not want Khungekire Matiya and her GS in our netball, unpatriotic fools

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
Inkatha, the anguish among avid fans of the national netball team is very evident. One has delved into Mary Waya’s relationship with the Australian based goal shooter and it tarries with that of Pido posted yesterday on Nyasa Times October 31, 2017 under the heading “Sports Minister demands Malawi Queens ‘disaster: Fast5 report: NAM taken to task”. Pido succinctly put it that “Mary Waya is to blame in this scenario. Uyu akangosankhidwa kukhala coach Mwai amalangidwa. Remember last time Waya was a coach, Mwai became a victim. This time around she became a vice coach there Mwai Kumwenda became a… Read more »

This Mary Waya hate Mwai to the end . Please those in authority please remove this thing from the hot sit . Otherwise we are not making any progress.You don’t own this country it’s for everyone.


Opportunist, from the look of things, its you who hates Mary Waya


what a rubbish bunch of remarks. kagwele uko iyaaaaaa

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda

Dumerang, the remarks are indeed r****sh. They are in fact a smoke screen intended to cover the humiliation they suffered in the land of Down Under.

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