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Coach backs Fast5 format

Malawi national netball team Assistant Coach, Sam Kanyenda, has backed the return of GOtv Netball Champions League, which is expected to throw-off in Blantyre Saturday.

Kanyenda said the league would help Malawi netball Queens’ players familiarise themselves with the Fast5 format, which will also be used at the Fast5 World Netball Series set for October in Australia.

“We need to select players that have speed and endurance. We also need to have shooters who can score from outside the ring during our play. We can assess all these through the GOtv tournament,” he said.

The Rainbow Paints Southern Region Netball League and Gateway Netball Challenge of the Central Region are played using the traditional netball format.

Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) General Secretary, Carol Bapu, said the league will be competed for in three weekends to determine the champions after a round-robin format.

The first round will be held at Blantyre Youth Centre today and tomorrow whereas Mzuzu will host the next round during the weekend of September 16 and 17.

The final round is scheduled for Lilongwe on September 30 and October 1.

Defending Champions Kukoma Diamonds Assistant Coach, Noel Mussa, said they were geared to defend the trophy.

“Of course, it will not be easy to defend the title. However, we are determined to maintain our winning run,” he said.

Tigresses Team Manager, Helene Mpinganjira-Tasosa, said the team was hungry to reclaim the title.

Thunder Queens Coach, Christina Mkwanda-Nsinji, said they were determined to end their trophy-less run.

Blue Eagles Sisters Coach, Kanyenda, said her charges were gunning for the championship they failed to win in two attempts.

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