Mwawi Kumwenda, Joyce Mvula left behind
Malawi national netball team left for England Sunday without its star players, Mwawi Kumwenda and Joyce Mvula, who have been delayed by visa complications.
The 16-member delegation, which includes 10 players, Coach, Mary Waya, and assistant Coach, Whyte Mulilima, left through Chileka Airport in Blantyre.
Speaking before departure, Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) General Secretary, Carol Bapu, said there was no cause for alarm as they had been assured that the pair will get their visas this week.
Mwawi plays for Melbourne Vixens in Australia whereas Mvula plays for Manchester Thunder of England.
“As you know Mwawi came a bit late in camp and she processed her visa three days after her colleagues had done [so]. As for Joyce, she is processing a work permit and she had to get a different visa,” she said.
Bapu said the authorities had assured them that the visas for both players will come out before the three Test Series against England.
“The games are crucial on our part and the assurance is there that the two will feature in all the matches,” she said.
The Queens are without experienced goal-defender, Caroline Mtukule-Ngwira, who has been dropped.
Malawi’s delegation consist of Nam President, Khungekile Matiya, Treasurer, Jane Kachali- Saidi, who is doubling as Team Manager and Team Doctor, Getrude Chilemba.
The Queens and England are scheduled to meet at Copper Box Arena on November 24 and 26 then at Genting Arena in Birmingham on November 29.
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