By Mphatso Malidadi:
London Pulse goalkeeper, Lauren Ngwira, has advised Malawi national netball team players to develop individual training programmes if they are to be fit for the 2019 Netball World Cup.
With about two months to the global showpiece, local regional leagues are inactive, raising fears that this could affect the form of players that will be picked for national team duties.
Ngwira, whose team is anchoring the Vitality Super League in the United Kingdom (UK), said modern netball demands that players develop personal programmes to stay fit.
“They should not wait for the season to kick off. They need to be training individually to stay in shape. This will help them when they are given a call-up,” she said.
Ngwira, who is playing in the UK for the second successive year after her stint with Team Northumbria last season, said it was unfortunate that her London side was struggling.
“It is just a bad spell but we have been trying hard to up our game,” she said.
The Queens player was roped in from Tigresses where she grew up playing for the Blantyre-based team’s reserve side.
Former Malawi national netball team captain, Emmie Waya Chongwe, said, as Malawi looks forward to competing at the global tournament, it is good that Ngwira is gaining exposure by playing against top players.
“The top netball leagues across the world are in Australia, England and New Zealand. So it is without doubt that Ngwira’s experience in England will be vital to the Queens’ performance at the Netball World Cup,” Waya Chongwe said.
Malawi will be hoping to impress at the competition after a recent slump in form at competitions such as the Commonwealth Games and the Fast5 Netball World Series.
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