Be wary of lipstick club


It is disturbing to learn that our celebrated Malawi Netball Queens’ players have not yet received their Fast5 Netball World Series’ dues.

Malawi National Council of Sports told a local paper that payment for the players was made to Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) on January 26, but this week the players said they had not yet received their money.

Sports Council’s Executive Secretary, George Jana, confirmed that the payment was made. But Nam President, Rosy Chinunda, expressed ignorance of the payment before he changed the tune the following day saying she could not get hold of the treasurer, according to a local paper.


Each player was supposed to get around K200, 000 in allowances after their trip to Melbourne, Australia where they finished third.

It is, therefore, ridiculous and unheard of to imagine that after achieving such a celebrated feat some people can prefer to be playing hide and seek with the money meant for the players.

After all, these players are paid peanuts as compared to the rest of the netballers they compete with on the international stage.


Such acts usually happen for those sporting associations whose leadership has no passion for success.

The problem is that this Nam Executive Committee has overstayed and it has no sense of belonging, which makes them run the organisation as a vegetable vending.

If what Sports council is saying is anything to go by, then seriously, it is a disgrace for Nam to treat our adorable queens this way.

Lest we forget that these are the ladies who have always brought smiles on our faces when our spirits are down with, Jet-gate, Cash-gate and Maize-gate scandals.

Lest we forget that these are the ladies that brought smiles on our faces when the international community withdrew financial assistance because of our politicians’ never -ending theft of government resources.

One does not need rocket science to know that this lipstick club has turned itself from being a most valuable asset in our game into an unknown entity. They surely do not deserve a place in Malawi netball.

Something keeps on telling me that this lipstick club will continue frustrating our genuine netball talent.

Is it not the same lipstick club that has carelessly lost close to three sponsorships in one season?

It is extremely dangerous to trust them to be at the helm of Malawi netball.

All what we need is urgent change if we are to bring hope to the game that has been staggering in the darkness for years.

With this suspicious delay, one can remember why after receiving monetary rewards from Airtel Malawi as a token of appreciation for their legendary feat at the Fast5 in Australia, the Queens’ players were against the money being given to Nam because, as they players said, the people at Nam cannot be entrusted with money.

Are the players not vindicated now?

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