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Joyce Mvula seals new deal

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TO CONTINUE LEADING THUNDER’S FRONTLINE—Mvula

Malawi National Netball Team shooter Joyce Mvula has signed a new contract at her English side Manchester Thunder.

Thunder have retained their trust in Mvula after her outstanding 680 goals in 21 appearances, averaging over 32 goals per game with an impressive 92.52 percent shooting accuracy.

The former champions’ coach Karen Greig said the club was excited to retain Mvula’s services.

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“Our adopted Mancunian is back and I couldn’t be happier. The past five years with the club have seen Joyce grow and excel both on and off court. Last year we saw her develop her game yet again with her movement, timing and distribution all enabling her and Thunder to work with different tactics.

“She is unstoppable when she is firing and I know how fired up she is to push on again this season and is hungry for success,” Greig told her club’s website.

Mvula said she was in love with Thunder as it is her first professional club.

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“Being here has taught me a lot, and I am not the same player I was when I started in my first year here.

“For Shadine [van der Merwe] and Nat [Haythornthwaite] to be here; it is an honour for me to play with them as they are great players and I can’t wait to start training with everyone,” she is quoted by manchesterthunder.co.uk as saying.

Mvula said she was looking forward to the team’s home games.

“This is because our fans give us energy when we need it. Also, the sound of the drums makes other teams nervous; so, I can’t wait for that,” she said.

Mvula developed her raw talent at Blue Eagles Club where her excellent performances caught the attention of national team selectors in 2010.

She signed for Thunder in 2017 and has been a crucial player to the team ever since, playing a pivotal role both on and off the court.

Thunder’s website states that Mvula is renowned for her strength, splits and flawless shooting accuracy.

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