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Malawi Queens coaches handed half baked contracts

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The controversy surrounding Malawi Queens coaches contracts is refusing to die following revelations that both the head-coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa and assistant coach Mary Waya contracts are almost the same, Malawi News has learnt.

Besides the difference in titles [head-coach and assistant coach] the rest of the articles including terms of reference, package, roles and relationships, duration, duties and responsibilities, termination of agreement and miscellaneous are the same, according to the contracts we have seen.

The contracts which both coaches signed can throw the two netball icons into conflict as there is no clause to recognize the coach who is in-charge to make the final decision.

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Both coaches are entitled to the same package such as a daily training allowance of K1,500. A similar amount per day to any locally hosted competition undertaken by the national netball team.

The pair is similarly entitled to US$75 (or other equivalent currency) during foreign competitions undertaken by Malawi Queens.

Chawinga-Kaluwa and Waya are also expected to receive the same amount during any sanctioned and recognised competitive game by the team.

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Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) general secretary, Carol Bapu, refused to comment about the anomaly surrounding the contracts.

“Issues of contracts are confidential and binding as such I can’t comment to the press. Besides that we (Nam) are still discussing with the Malawi National Council of Sports concerning the contracts and it would be illogical to talk about the contracts when we are not through in our discussions,” she said.

Nam recently drew Sports Council’s wrath after the association was asked to revise the recruitment process of the coaches.

Recently, Nam president, Rose Chinunda, conceded that Sports Council raised a genuine concern when it questioned the recruitment process of the coaches as well as the contracts the association handed to the two coaches.

“Of course, we made a mistake. We used the same system when selecting Mary Waya. At that time Sports Council wrote us for future reference that the criterion which we used was not appropriate. So they advised us that in future we should advertise the post and then hold interviews,” she told our sister paper The Daily Times.

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