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Mary Waya hopes for more exports

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Malawi national netball team legend, Mary Waya, has said she hopes to use her connections in England to market more Malawian netballers to top leagues across the world.

Waya left for England on Saturday to start a new lease of life at Hertfordshire Mavericks Netball Team as Shooters’ Coach.

“I will try to use the network, which I will build, to market our players. I have been involved in deals for two players already. To promote our netball, it would be a plus to have Malawian players competing in top leagues because it would help us bridge the gap [in talent],” she said.

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Waya facilitated the transfer of goal-shooter Joyce Mvula from Blue Eagles Sisters to Manchester Thunder, then all-rounder Lauren Ngwira’s move to another English Super League side, Northumbria, Ngwira is yet to complete the transfer.

The former Malawi coach added that she would recommend local players to South African league teams.

Waya said she was excited to return to Mavericks where she had a stint during the British Fast5 Series late last year.

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“When I went to England to undergo child protection training, I also had a privilege to coach Mavericks during the British Fast5 as shooters’ trainer. Mavericks were so happy with my contribution that they asked me to undergo interviews. When I returned home, I got an offer from them, saying they were satisfied with how I performed, so they wanted me back,” she said.

Waya said she had structures to ensure that her Blantyre-based Mary Waya Netball Academy continues to operate in her absence.

“It is an institution and we have structures. I have some players who I groomed to handle coaching clinics in my absence,” she said.

Last week, International Netball Federation Africa Regional Development Manager, Joan Smit, rated Waya highly.

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