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Lauren Ngwira still Tigresses’ player

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Netball Association of Malawi’s (Nam) Disciplinary Committee has faulted Alliance Capital Stars for poaching shooter-cum-defender, Lauren Ngwira, from Tigresses.

Ngwira has been out of action for six months in a bid to force a move to Alliance Capital Stars after she was offered a job, which required her to play for the team that the company sponsors.

In its ruling which was released on Thursday, the committee stated that Alliance Capital Stars were supposed to get consent from Tigresses before talking to the player who is on a four year-contract at her club.

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The ruling has also stated that Nam cannot force Tigresses or any other team to sell players unless the concerned teams agree terms . Nam can only come in to arbitrate in terms of wrangles arising from different factors such as transfer fee.

The ruling also recognised that teams can sign new players during two transfer periods— January to March then August 1 to 14.

Tigresses’ Team Manager, Helene Mpinganjira-Tasosa, described the ruling as fair although the player has been deprived action.

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“All along we knew that we were right because the player was taken out of our official hostel. They talked to the player without our consent. It is sad this is happening at the expense of the player’s career,” she said.

Alliance Capital Stars’ Chairperson, Dalitso Chinyama, said they were yet to decide whether to appeal.

A netball expert, who did not want to be named, has since advised Tigresses and Alliance Capital to protect the player’s interest.

“Obviously, Lauren missed the plane to Australia for Fast5 Netball World Series because she was unfit. Alliance should have softened up by allowing Lauren to play for her club until the transfer wrangle is resolved. After all, the next transfer window will open in six weeks time. I am sure by this time both teams would have reached a compromise,” she said.

Ngwira declined to comment on the matter.

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