Malawi national netball team top shooter Mwawi Kumwenda has finally arrived in Australia ahead of the new netball season but faces a 14-day Covid quarantine.
This means the talented star will miss two weeks of pre-season preparations with her team Melbourne Vixens due to Covid lockdown rules and regulations in Australia.
Kumwenda’s return was delayed by a week in South Africa due to the closure of airports in Melbourne, Australia, as authorities battled a resurgence of coronavirus.
However, the Malawi Queens shooter has to isolate at a hotel for another 14 days before joining her teammates.
Kumwenda said she was excited to be back at her base for the new season which is expected to throw off in May.
“I am so excited. It has been hard to wait for a long time for my departure in South Africa due flight cancellations. It is good that I am finally in Australia, though I will be isolated in a hotel for 14 days in line with Covid-19 prevention measures.
“I am just hoping to have a gym at the hotel so that I keep fit. This pandemic has caused inconveniences in many sectors but it will be well with me,” she said.
Kumwenda said during the off-season break, she has helped some girls in different parts of the country with school fees covering the whole academic year.
The netball icon said she continued individual training while waiting for her departure in South Africa.
“I continued training at my hotel as I waited for my flight to Melbourne. My trainer and coach sent me the program that my teammates were using for training sessions in Australia. This has helped me to remain fit as I wait to join the squad,” she added.
Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) General Secretary Carol Bapu said the association was happy that Kumwenda had arrived in Australia to start preparations for the new season.
“We were concerned that Mwawi was behind schedule in terms of preparing for the new season but we know all will be well because she is an experienced player. She is capable of catching up with her teammates,” Bapu said.
The former Diamond shooter had an outstanding season last year, helping Vixens to win the Super Netball Championship in Australia.
She put the icing on the cake with a five-star display that saw her being voted Player-of-the-Match.