Mary Waya cautious on rankings
Malawi national netball team interim Coach, Mary Waya, has urged her charges to deliver during the three Test Series against England so as to safeguard the team’s sixth-place on the world rankings.
The Queens left for England on Sunday minus their star players, Mwawi Kumwenda of Melbourne Vixens (Australia) and Joyce Mvula of Manchester Thunder (England).
The players have been held up by visa delays.
Waya said the games against third-ranked England were crucial to the Queens’ ranking.
“The games are important because they attract a rating which influences the world ranking. We have not taken part in test series for a long time so the games are precious on our part because they will help us gain points to safeguard our status on the world rankings.
“We are also preparing for the Commonwealth Games, so these games will help us know where we stand before the event. We stand a better chance of impressing in a seven-aside game [for the series] rather than the Fast5 format game,” she said.
Netball Association of Malawi General Secretary, Carol Bapu, said they were courting other countries for possible test series ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
“However, this will depend on funding. Unfortunately, we don’t have funds and we urge the corporate world to join the government in supporting the Queens so that we should do well at the Commonwealth Games,” she said.
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