Out-of-contract Malawi Netball National Team assistant Coach, Sam Kanyenda, has bemoaned the Queens’ idleness ahead of Africa Netball Championship set for Tanzania in June.
The Queens will be expected to reclaim the continental championship which they surrendered at home to South Africa in 2013.
South Africa are still the holders.
Kanyenda, who was Griffin Saenda’s deputy when the Queens finished third at Fast5 World Netball Series in Melbourne, Australia last November, said the team needs test matches regularly.
“I am speaking in my individual capacity because our contracts expired in December. It is unfortunate that we are idle at a time most of the top-10 teams are active. What is more frightening is that even those that are above us are also busy taking part in test matches,” he said.
Kanyenda said ahead of the games, Malawi needs replacements for their exports Mwawi Kumwenda and Joyce Mvula.
“Some years ago Malawi failed to use Mwawi Kumwenda because her club could not release her for the championship,” he said.
“As a country, we should start preparing for life without the two during the Africa Netball Championship. This is where we need test matches to identify replacements and build coordination.”
Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) General Secretary, Carol Bapu, promised to ensure that the team returns to action soon.
“We will soon outline the strategy which we have put in place so that Malawi Queens should not stay idle,” she said.
Last week, South Africa hosted a tournament involving top ranked teams including Australia, New Zealand and England. The tournament was dubbed Sanzea.
Australia emerged winners followed by New Zealand and England on second and third positions, respectively. The hosts, South Africa, finished on fourth place.
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