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Malawi Queens coaches miss GOtv opener

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Malawi National Netball Team Coach, Griffin Saenda, and his assistant Sam Kanyenda, were conspicuously missing when the GOtv Netball Champions League threw-off last weekend at Blantyre Youth Centre.

The league offers the coaches a perfect platform to spot players for the Fast5 Netball World Series scheduled for Australia in October.

The format of the league is similar to that of the world tournament, hence offers the coaches an opportunity to scout for players with shooting accuracy, speed and endurance.

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During the games, Tigresses’ shooter Ellen Chibokho and Kukoma Diamonds’ attacker Grace Chazungulira stole the show with their long range shooting accuracy.

Likewise, Thunder Queens goal-shooter, Emily Jere, Mafco Soldiers shooter Loveness Sambo, Blue Eagles Sisters attackers Ruth Kaliyenda and Salome Nkhoma were impressive.

Civonets seasoned attacker Jane Chimaliro also came to the party with her long range shots.

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A netball expert, who did not want to be named, said the absence of the coaches could compromise their chances of selecting better players for the Queens.

“Seriously, we need players that can shoot from different positions. This can be achieved if the coaches pick the right players. So, when the coaches are absent from such games how can Malawi do well?,” he wondered.

Saenda could not be reached for his comment but Kanyenda said they were both ill last weekend.

“The coach has been sick for some weeks and he is now recuperating. As for me, I just got sick the same week and I failed to travel.

“However, we have a back-up plan because we can always consult before selecting the players. Nevertheless, we hope to watch the remaining games in Mzuzu and Lilongwe,” he said.

During last year’s Fast5, the Queens finished on third position after upsetting big sides such as England.

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