K80 million for what, Nam?


It is surprising and disturbing that after a disastrous outing to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) has the audacity to go public and plead with well-wishers to give them K80 million for the Malawi Queens to go into camp in readiness for the Africa Netball Championship set for Zambia in August.

This is an organisation which, two months ago, admitted that there was need to beef up the team with youngsters to achieve balance.

We all heard the excuses and problems that contributed to the team’s downfall at the Games but before we are told the solutions to the problems raised, they are out with a begging bowl.


The nation has not been told what strategies Nam has put in place to qualify for the World Cup because I am convinced beyond reasonable doubt that it will be the same players, who failed to star at the Commonwealth Games, travelling to Zambia.

In other words, no proper ground work has been done to strengthen the team ahead of the crucial task. It would appear all what these officials believe in is travelling and pocketing allowances. They don’t care about the shame the team brings to the country if the team performs poorly.

It is absolutely ridiculous for the administrators to prioritise luxuries at the expense of the sport.


Nam should feel ashamed that the team surrendered sixth position to Uganda at the Games, when these officials were busy dining and wining from the fat allowances in Australia as the nation was in tears.

We still can’t believe how the Queens sunk so low and surrender their position to Uganda. In fact, the Queens struggled in all the games they played even against minnows such as Scotland and Fiji.

The nation is not interested in their plea to raise K80 million from well-wishers but programmes they have put in place to refine the crude product which is slowly becoming a source of shame to the country.

How can any reasonable donor trust a briefcase organisation with such a huge amount of money?

Nam needs to reflect on its operations because it is abnormal that every decision they make should be punctuated by shambolic display.

The underlining factor, therefore, is that we have wrong people in positions at Nam, making the best example of a confused organisation, and the best is for them to resign to pave way for a foresighted leadership.

I personally do not hate Nam, but I am always mindful of the latent consequences of keeping in office such a clueless Executive Committee which has completely lost direction in administering netball.

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