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Mwawi Kumwenda congratulates Diamonds

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Malawi’s sole netball export, Mwawi Kumwenda, has congratulated Kukoma Diamonds for winning the 2015 Presidential Cup over the weekend.

In a post on her facebook page, Mwawi said she had been informed from her New Zealand base that the encounter was a very tight one.

She said she was proud to be associated with a team that is rising to dominate Malawi netball but also hailed Tigresses for making the game a worthy cup final.

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“I want to congratulate both Kukoma Diamonds for winning the trophy and Tigresses for putting up a gallant fight in the final that ended 41-36 at the Blantyre Youth Centre.I have been informed that the match was tight in all the quarters and a marvel for netball lovers to watch,” she wrote yesterday.

She went on to list down the entire Diamonds lineup and ended it with the sentence: “Congrats girls!”

Mwawi then listed down the names of five Tigresses players and ended with: “Luck was not on your side! I am sure that now you are even more determined to face the future.”

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To Thunder Queens and Civonets, the netball icon said, “Thank you for an exciting and spirited third place play off.”

She also had time to congratulate individual players: “I want to specially commend Civonets’ centre Rose Mkanda, who was named player of the tournament and Diamonds shooter Alinafe Kamwala who was voted the best shooter.”

To the tournament’s best defender Joanna Kachilika of Thunders and best centre Thandie Galeta, Mwawi said, “raise the game girls, and I look forward to teaming up with you again in the Malawi Queens – Our Queens Our Pride.”

“Congratulations to you all!” she concluded

Mwawi started her netball career with Diamonds, then known as Escom Sisters and whenever she returns home from New Zealand, she links up with the team closely.

The team got a reward of K4 million for winning the trophy, and are looking forward to taking it to their sponsors Capital Oil Refining Industries who had challenged the ladies to win it.

Meanwhile, Africa’s sole representative in the ongoing International World Games Association Athlete of the Year 2015, Mwawi, has tripled her lead in the contest.

With voting due to close on Sunday, the Malawian netball icon has opened a very wide gap with the rest of the other contestants, who, as of yesterday, were still struggling to reach 5,000 votes.

If Mwawi wins the award, it will be for the first time that a Malawian has won a high profile multi-discipline award of this kind.

She remains the only black and African athlete on the list of eighteen nominees that people across the world are voting for on a daily basis.

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