Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) has called 32 players into camp that starts at Malawi Armed Forces College (Mafco) in Salima District today, ahead of Pent series and Africa Championship games next month.
In terms of Pent series, which World Netball (WN) organises, the Malawi Queens seem to have opted for early preparations for next month’s assignments because, according to WN’s calendar for October 31 to November 5, teams that were initially supposed to be involved in Pent series are Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with the games taking place in Windhoek, Namibia.
Now Malawi was later incorporated, putting the Queens on course to strengthening their credentials on the African continent.
However, the Queens are expected to spring into action at the Windhoek games, fighting for supremacy and honours in Pent series and thereafter Africa Championship matches.
A call-up list which Nam General Secretary (GS) Isaac Chimwala released on October 18 indicates that, out of the 32 players called into camp, three ply their trade outside the country, with the rest being drawn from local teams.
“The Netball Association of Malawi is pleased to announce names of players who have been selected to go into camp this Wednesday, 20 October 2021, at Mafco in Salima,” the GS indicates.
The three players who strut their stuff outside Malawi include Manchester Thunder’s Joyce Mvula, Sirens’ Towera Vinkhumbo and Vixens’ Mwawi Kumwenda.
In terms of local players, the squad is dominated by First Choice Tigresses, which has contributed seven players in the names of Francine Chipeta, Flora Chipeta, Sindi Simtowe, Grace Mwafulirwa, Beauty Basiyawo, Brenda Kapira and Tendai Masamba, with Civonets becoming the second best contributor of players to the national side.
The team is being represented by Jane Chimaliro, Rose Mkanda, Cynthia Khunga, Colleta Mwalilino, Mary Nyirenda and Liana Mtenje.
Blue Eagles have contributed five players, namely Juliet Sambo, Madalitso Mkandawire, Molly Chisambiro, Nancy Mwaluambo and Chifuniro Moses whereas Kukoma Diamonds’ four badge-careers are Tinkhani Ndhlovu, Bridget Kumwenda, Shilla Dimba and Carol Mtukule.
Ekwendeni Resource, Imosys, Lioness, Mafco, Mzuzu Queens and Shizaella have contributed one player each, and these are Beatrice Msonda, Joana Kachilika, Mercy Phiri, Alinafe Kamwala, Hope Mdala and Florence Gamuka, respectively, while free agent Martha Dambo has also been incorporated.