By Mphatso Malidadi:
Malawi national netball team shooter, Joyce Mvula, has scooped two awards at her English side Manchester Thunder to wrap up a memorable season.
Mvula is on cloud nine after being named Players’ Player of the Year and Coach’s Player of the Season.
The development completes a remarkable season for the shooter after she was also voted Sky Sports netball fans’ Player of the Year after guiding Thunder to their first Vitality Superleague title since 2014.
“This has truly been a fantastic season for me and the club. We won our first league title in five years and I played a crucial role in the victory. It was also pleasing to be voted Sky Sports fans’ player of the season. I now have two awards at my club following the recognition from my teammates and the coach. This shows that the team recognises my contribution,” Mvula said.
She also hailed her teammates for their support during games throughout the season.
“I would not have won all these awards on my own. I managed because my teammates were supportive. We were united regardless of the circumstances,” Mvula said.
The Queens star has completed her third season at Thunder, having joined from Blue Eagles Sisters.
She also featured for the Malawi under-20 national netball team at the African Union Sports Council Region Five (formerly Zone VI) Games in 2010 and 2012.
On both occasions, she was named best shooter of the biannual event.
Mvula is undergoing specialised training after hurting her knee during the 2019 Vitality Superleague grand final with Wasps.
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