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Mary Waya linked with UK side

After being sidelined from the Malawi national netball team, a window of opportunity has opened for the netball Queens’ former coach, Mary Waya, as she has been linked with a move to Hertfordshire Mavericks Netball Club in England.

International Netball Federation (INF) Africa Regional Development Manager, Joan Smit, revealed this on the sidelines of a basic coaching and umpiring course underway at College of Medicine Sports Complex in Blantyre.

Smit said the club in England wants to offer Waya a six-month contract, adding that national teams on the continent were also eyeing the former star goal-shooter.

“Many clubs [in England] want Mary Waya to assist them, yet she has never played for Super League teams [in the United Kingdom]. You know what? Mary might probably soon go to coach in England for six months.

“This shows how big they regard Mary Waya’s coaching credentials. I hope that I don’t say what Mary doesn’t want me to say. Some African national teams are also looking for her services,” Smit said.

She added that Malawi, too, can benefit from Waya because of her work ethic.

“We can get Mary to do high performance netball as you know she concentrates on grassroots netball with her academy. You know what? Mary is good in high performance,” she said while declining to mention the identities of the foreign teams.

Waya said she was unaware of the development, but added that she was willing to jump at an opportunity to coach outside the country.

Waya, who was the Queens’ interim coach during last year’s Fast5 Netball World Series in Australia and test matches against England, was dropped from the senior technical panel after Netball Association of Malawi recalled veteran Griffin Saenda Senior to be deputised by Whyte Mulilima.

The legendary attacker also had a coaching stint with Mavericks, after being hired as Shooters’ Coach last year.

Waya, who is also an instructor, had a stint as Tanzania netball team coach and conducted coaching clinics in Ethiopia on INF’s assignment.

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