By Mphatso Malidadi:
Malawi national netball team Coach, Griffin Saenda Senior, has named Tigresses defender, Grace Mwafulirwa- Mhango, as the Queens Vice Captain, replacing shooter Jane Chimaliro.
Mwafulirwa-Mhango will deputise Joanna Kachilika.
“We felt that we should change the captains for others to have a feel of that role and showcase their leadership skills. The change is meant to motivate other players to give out their best,” he said.
Saenda said this after the Queens regrouped for training in Blantyre on Monday to continue with full-time camping ahead of the July 12 to 21 World Cup set for Liverpool in England.
Mwafulirwa-Mhango skippered Malawi between 2012 and 2013 before Caroline Mtukule-Ngwira replaced her.
Saenda said he wanted to maximise training time ahead of the World Cup.
So far, 17 players out of 20 called into camp have reported for training, with Manchester Thunder shooter, Joyce Mvula, London Pulse goal-keeper Lauren Ngwira and Tigresses centre Beatrice Mpinganjira yet to avail themselves.
Mvula, who got injured when she inspired Thunder to win the Vitality Superleague in the United Kingdom (UK), will join camp in England where she is undergoing specialised rehabilitation on her knee.
However, Ngwira, who returned from the UK, excused herself to sort out personal issues before joining the camp.
The Queens are ranked second in Africa and sixth in the world out of some 35 national teams.
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