Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) held its long-awaited elections on Saturday last week in Mangochi where Khungekile Matiya triumphed in the contest for the presidency.
Khunge became president of the embattled organisation after she launched an underground assault to replace Rose Chinunda at the summit of Malawi netball.
Matiya went head to head with Hellen Mpinganjira in the polls that also saw Carol Bapu being retained as the association’s general secretary.
It is a fact that the elections were not held in free and fair manner because there were a lot of underhand dealings like hiding voters prior to the day of the elections only to resurface in the same coaster with the aspirants on the polling day.
In all fairness, it was the wish of most netball lovers that some credible personalities like Linda Magombo Munthali, should be in the committee but they were denied by the system which is fraught with injustices.
The system has sidelined a lot of rough diamonds that only need to be polished to make it big in netball administration.
For those of us who have followed netball long enough, we could easily tell that under the previous leadership, Nam failed to answer the basic fundamental questions that guide the sport.
Khunge should realise that the nation is expecting a lot from her. She used to make a lot of noise when she was Chairperson of the Blantyre and Districts Netball League and now that she has taken over the mantle, the nation expects total transformation of the game.
Let us hope she is not an arrow shot from the bow of certain dissatisfied netball politicians.
It defies logic to imagine that netball is a very popular sport in the country but its games are watched free of charge.
Despite the fact that the Malawi National Netball Team commands a lot of respect all over the world, Nam has no indoor court, there are no proper structures, the league is always shrouded in controversy, and there has always been an attitude problem from its leadership.
Khunge should know that there is no honeymoon for her as she needs to get down to business as soon as possible.
Promising to deliver in the four years she will be at the helm, as she articulated in her manifesto, is simple. But fulfilling the blue print has always been a far-fetched dream.
I agree with the Malawi National Council of Sports’ sentiments that netball needs to be commercialised. It is a popular brand and it just needs brains to tap the money from the market.
Khunge also needs to listen to the brave voices that have been raised against her predecessor.
Nam has always been a problematic child. Some of us thought with passage of time, things improve but there is no iota of hope.
Some people with limited data capacity in their grey matter would not agree with me but this has been the reality on the ground.
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