Mtukule-Ngwira to play, coach Under-21
Malawi national netball team defender, Caroline Mtukule-Ngwira, will continue playing active netball for her club, Diamonds, and the country and still honour her new role of coaching Queens under-21 side.
Mtukule-Ngwira was last month appointed Queens under-21 assistant coach deputising Christina Mkwanda who also coaches Tropical Queens.
The Kukoma Diamonds defender said her new responsibility will not stop her from continuing playing for her club and national.
“I haven’t made a decision to retire because I have what it takes to continue playing. I know I can still be a player and also a coach at the same time,” Mtukule-Ngwira said.
The former first choice Tigresses player said her stand was not new as at some point Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) had appointed a senior player to coach national developmental sides.
“I am just fortunate that I have been appointed assistant coach for Malawi under-21. Previously some senior players were also given similar roles. So I will be available for both club and country as far as playing netball is concerned,” she said.
Mtukule-Ngwira was among some coaches and senior players who attended a week-long International Netball Federation (INF) at College of Medicine Sports Complex in 2017.
“The course was timely and it equipped me with knowledge and skills capable of coaching any top league in team. One more thing I can’t retire now without helping my team [Diamonds] to find replacements.
“As you know we lost Towera [Vinkhumbo- Nyirenda] to Severn Stars in the United Kingdom so I can’t leave the side like that. The plan is that I will be available for crucial games while giving room to others to get used during other games,” she said.