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Allowance woes mar Queens’ Tri-Nation victory

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BITTER—Bench officials engage organising committee members

Malawi National Netball Team’s success in the just ended Cosana Tri-Nation tournament has been blurred by administrative woes as Queens players and about 30 bench officials feel betrayed over allowances issue, Malawi News Sport can reveal.

However, Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) President Abigail Shariff downplayed the issue, saying everything is in order as the association is finalising logistics.

According to some players, who did not want to be mentioned, Nam officials assured them that they will receive the game allowances soon after the competition.

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“As we are speaking, we have not been addressed on the way forward. If they had said that our allowances will be paid some days after the games then we could not have been on their neck but they came and assured us that our money will be available soon after the last game.

“They keep on referring us to one official after the other. If they had addressed us we could have appreciated what is happening on the ground. We intend to contact the Sports Minister to help us,” one of the players said.

Ironically, bench officials, who were supporting the umpires desk and other  logistics, are equally pressing for their allowances.

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One of the bench officials said they were about 30 and each one was expected to receive K50,000 translating to K1.5 million.

“Imagine we did not eat during the last day because they didn’t provide anything. Soon after the last game they all went away,” one of the bench officials said.

On Thursday, soon after the games, bench officials were seen confronting members of the organising committee asking for their allowance.

Shariff said the players should understand how the procedure works.

“We wait for the games to process their allowances. As I am speaking now our treasurer [Agness Chaima] was at Malawi National Council of Sports [MNCS] pushing for the allowances,” she said.

On her part, Chaima said players will be paid allowances once Malawi National Council of Sports releases payment.

“We have done our part and we are waiting for Sports Council to do the needful. It is a procedure which we have to follow,” she said.

On issues to do with gate fees, Chaima said they had reconciled money that was collected during the five-day competition.

“We will issue a statement once I verify the figures,” she said.

Queens won the Cosana Tri-Nation tournament, with Zimbabwe finishing as runners-up while Namibia came last.

In under-19 category, Zimbabwe emerged winners followed by Malawi and Namibia on second and third respectively.

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