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Malawi Queens coach survive Nam’s axe

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CONTRASTING FORTUNES—Kanyenda fired

Malawi National Netball Team Coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa has escaped Netball Association of Malawi (Nam)’s rod after the association dissolved all appointed committees and positions.

Despite being appointed, Chawinga- Kaluwa will continue serving as Queens coach because she has a running contract.

However, Sam Kanyenda is no longer the association’s technical director/adviser following the dissolution of all appointed committees.

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Nam, in its statement dated 18th November 2021, indicates that fresh appointments will be done soon.

“In accordance with sections 25.3, 32.3, 35.1 and 36.3 of Nam’s constitution, the Netball Association of Malawi has dissolved all appointed committees and all positions of appointed executive committee members with immediate effect.

“Fresh appointments for national coaches committee, national umpires committee, technical adviser, legal adviser and marketing officer will be done in due course,” reads the statement signed by the association’s general secretary Isaac Chimwala.

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Chimwala confirmed the development, saying it was supposed to be done the moment the new committee came into power.

“We are doing this in accordance with the constitution. As for the Queens coach, we could not do anything because the coach was given a contract,” he said.

Chawinga-Kaluwa could not be reached for a comment but Kanyenda said he was attending to pressing issues and would comment later.

Sports analyst George Kaudza-Masina said Nam was being careful.

“This is not surprising as Nam might wish to start afresh. When you have been appointed, the next step is to be disappointed and is this is exactly what has happened,” he said.

Kaudza-Masina also backed Nam for maintaining the Queens coach.

“Sparing of the Queens coach is a way to go for continuity and, at the same time, she has displayed her prowess with the minimal resources at her disposal. Suffice to say that, what NAM has done has been done in good faith after a thorough analysis, lest it backfires.

“Otherwise, let Nam reconstitute the committees in earnest and make all positions available for the good of the game and be assured that it will be the same faces coming back,” he said.

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