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Griffin Saenda focuses on physical training

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By Mphatso Malidadi:

Malawi national netball team Coach, Griffin Saenda, has said the technical panel is concentrating on improving players’ fitness levels during the on-going non-residential training.

The Queens regrouped two weeks ago for non-residential training in readiness for the World Cup set for Liverpool, England, from July 12 to 21.

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Saenda said the non-residential training was ideal as local netball leagues were still on off-season.

“This is why we are concentrating on fitness. We are doing a lot of runs to raise the players’ fitness levels. This means we will concentrate on tactics, combination and game approach when we commence fulltime camping,” he said.

Saenda said he was in constant contact with his deputy, Whyte Mulilima, who is overseeing a similar exercise in the Central Region.

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“We want to be doing the same thing so that we achieve similar results,” he said.

Saenda called familiar names for the training, with Blue Eagles Sisters goal defender Maggie Sikwese as the only newcomer in the squad.

The Queens’ United Kingdom-based stars Joyce Mvula and Lauren Ngwira are part of the squad.

Shooter Mvula is a big star at Vitality Netball Superleague champions Manchester Thunder while all-rounder Ngwira was on loan at London Pulse from Tigresses.

Australian side Melbourne Vixens’ iconic shooter Mwawi Kumwenda, who is recovering from an injury, is not on the list after indicating that doctors had advised her to stay out of action for a year.

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