I hope one day this sour netball music will stop


Malawi national netball team is scheduled to go into camp next week in preparation for the Commonwealth Games slated for Australia.

The Malawi Queens, as they are popularly known, have qualified for this tournament by virtue of their sixth-place world ranking.

The nation is waiting with abated breath on the players that will be called for camp ahead of this prestigious tournament by Griffin Saenda Senior, who is the mentor of the team.


Arguably, Saenda is the best thing that has ever happened to Malawi netball. He is one of the greatest if not the finest netball coach of all time.

Any team that has ever hired Saenda can testify that he knows his job. His dance with every team on the domestic netball scene has been covered in a blaze of glory.

The gentleman has won almost all silverware on the domestic netball scene and his netball brains cannot be equalled, and with him at the helm of the Queens, the nation is assured of steely cover at the tournament.


Some have known Saenda dating back to those days when they had the ability to wrap their hand over their head to touch the ear on the other side to be accepted into primary school.

It is my sincere hope that our dear mothers and sisters at Netball Association of Malawi (Nam), a grouping that has always courted a cocktail of controversies when it comes to managing the Queens, will not poke their long noses into the selection list.

It is my sincere hope that unpredictable and self-centered Nam will live by its promise that the team will be selected by a competent technical panel.

In the previous call-ups, we have been hearing a lot of funny stories on how players were picked into the national team camp and how a final selection list was identified at night.

It is not an overstatement if I conclude that last year, during the Fast5 World Netball Series in Australia, Malawi Queens were a lifeless, hopeless and annoying lot that deserved to lose all the six games they played.

Seriously, I could not relent from excreting venom on such a bunch of directionless individuals masquerading as Malawi flag carriers, seeing them being mercilessly floored by their opponents at such a top notch tournament.

It is surprising that such a hopeless organisation has been cursing fate and spending the rest of its life asking the Lord why this column has always been tearing them apart instead of improving on their mediocrity.

Anyway, I hope one day this sour netball music will stop.

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