Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) has reportedly secured K18 million shortfall from an undisclosed well-wisher.
The development means that Malawi National Netball Team’s trip to Australia for Fast5 Netball World Series is on.
The Queens are expected to leave for Australia today ahead of the two-day six-nation tournament to be staged at Hisense Arena, Melbourne from Friday.
Nam General Secretary, Carol Bapu, yesterday was elusive on the identity on the well-wisher.
“Who told you that the team will travel with inadequate funds? We have been well supported and we have secured funding,” Bapu said.
The Queens received K14.4 million from Airtel Malawi, Illovo Sugar contributed K2 million with Old Mutual and Unicaf University donating K500,000 and K700,000, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Queens’ Assistant Coach, Sam Kanyenda, said the technical panel was confident in the players selected for the trip.
“We believe in these players. The selection exercise was tough. We need speed and endurance. We have to move quickly when attacking and recover on time when defending,” he said.
Kanyenda and his senior, Griffin Saenda, dropped Tigresses’ shooter, Sindie Simtowe-Msowoya, from the 10-member squad alongside her teammates, Beatrice Mpinganjira, Lauren Ngwira, Juliet Sambo and Kukoma Diamonds’ Alinafe Kamwala.
Saenda first dropped Pilirani Msukwa of Thunder Queens, Catherine Yikwanga from Tigresses and Kukoma Diamonds’ Shira Kapasula- Dimba, Eneles Mdezo-Manda and Wezzie Mzembe on Wednesday.
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