Malawi Queens technical panel has chopped five players from the squad currently in camp in readiness for the African Netball Championship set for Uganda this end of month.
Kukoma Diamonds wing attacker, Eneles Mdezo Manda, Thunder Queens duo centre Pilirani Msukwa and Emily Jere, Ethel Ng’ambi of Prison Sisters and Brenda Lwanda of Civonets have failed to make the grade.
The Queens have been in camp for the past three weeks in their quest to impress at the continental championship and also qualify for next year’s Commonwealth Games set for Australia’s Gold Coast City.
Queens assistant coach, Sam Kanyenda, said the team is entering the most critical part of training, hence the need to trim the squad to focus better.
“We are now working towards our game strategy and we need to concentrate and focus. So we have picked the players who we feel are good in their respective positions. It does not mean that the five we have dropped are bad but we have noted that they cannot fit in our game strategy,” he said.
The Queens will be without several key players in Uganda for various reasons.
The absentees’ list includes Captain, Caroline Mtukule-Ngwira, fellow captains Grace Mwafulirwa- Mhango and Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda, centre Takondwa Lwazi, Tigresses’ shooter Sindie Simtowe-Msowoya and Melbourne Vixens shooter Mwawi Kumwenda.
But Kanyenda said Queens have the capacity to do well at the event with the current squad.
“We believe in the players that we have in camp. Realistically, it is not possible to have all your best players every time you need them,” he said.
The team’s attacking machinery is expected to be strengthened by the availability of England-based shooter, Joyce Mvula, who is set to join the team in the East African country on June 21.
Mvula has made a promising professional start to her Manchester Thunder career.
The following is the list of players that have remained in camp: Wezzie Mzembe- Msiska, Beauty Basiao, Martha Dambo, Colleta Mwalilino, Joana kachilika, Cathy Yikwanga, Juliet Sambo [Defenders}, Bridget kamwera, Thandie Galeta Saenda, Shira Kapasula- Dimba, Rose Mkanda, Beatrice Mpinganjira, Alinafe Kamwala , Jessie Mazengera Sanudi, Jane Chimaliro, Chikumbutso Banda kaminjolo, Sarudzai Gondwe and Grace Chazungulira.
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