Malawi National Council of Sports has asked Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) to release results of the test match Malawi National Netball Team played against England on Tuesday in Cape Town, South Africa.
Writing through his Facebook page Wednesday, Sports Council Board Chairperson Sunduzwayo Madise demanded the immediate release of the results.
“Nam must immediately release results of the Queens match in RSA [Republic of South Africa]. Sports Council was told that the Queens were going for a Tri-Nation tournament. Their travel is sponsored by tax payers. Unless Council was lied to, and that wouldn’t be nice,” Madise wrote.
In an interview, Madise said he remained hopeful that Nam would comply.
“There is nothing wrong with them saying they are going for a trip. We were put under pressure to release resources, process documentation and procure airline tickets.
“It is not amusing. I actually spent the whole day to facilitate their travel a day before departure,” he said.
Madise said, having enjoyed massive public support during the Cosana Tri-Nation tournament, the Queens needed to appreciate that results during test matches are used for assessment.
“These are just training matches. Nam should not be worried about the results. Remember, before playing South Sudan in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, the Flames went through Ethiopia at some point and lost 4-0. Of course most people complained but the Flames won away in South Sudan to put their qualification chances back on track.
“So training matches are used to evaluate the team and people appreciate the results in whatever form they come. The question we must ask ourselves is that, was it worth the cause? Let us confess, the Queens had massive public support during the Cosana Tri-Nation tournament. So now it is the same public calling for results,” he said.
Nam General Secretary Isaac Chimwala had promised to look into the matter on Tuesday.
“Agreed, the national team is a public product. Nam has taken note of all this. We will definitely look at what has been agreed at these games and make sure we also meet the needs as pointed out here,” he told this paper.
During their opening match, the Queens lost 93-48 to South Africa.
Malawi are expected to wind up their tour of duty with a clash against the hosts on Saturday.
The three teams are preparing for the Commonwealth Games slated for July 28 to August 8 in Birmingham, England.