Mwawi pleads with Netball Association of Malawi
Malawi Queens shooter Mwawi Kumwenda has pleaded with the Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) to recall Tigresses players to the Malawi national netball team camp.
This follows the omission of players Sindie Simtowe, Grace Mwafulirwa Mhango and Beatrice Kadango from the Malawi national netball team training.
Nam advised the technical panel to drop the players on disciplinary grounds following the postponement of the Presidential Cup trophy final in Lilongwe last week. Tigresses forfeited points for two games and failed to reach the semifinal after one of their players failed a pregnancy test.
Trouble ensued at Area 30 in Lilongwe as Tigresses players, officials and fans threatened to beat up Nam treasurer Abigail Sharrif who initiated the test as per rules of the competition.
However, Mwawi believes Malawi Queens would be affected by the move during its international commitments.
“I am not backing my colleagues [Tigresses players] for what they did. Rather I know that they acted such way because they were furious. Whatever they did was a result of emotions,” said the New Zealand bound player.
Mwawi said Malawi Queens would likely struggle in the absence of the trio and advised Nam to find alternative punishment.
“I found exclusion from the national team as a bit harsh. Nam should have found a different punishment. We need the three because they are experienced, committed and talented,” she said.
Malawi National Council of Sports is yet to make a ruling on the issue after Tigresses players appealed.