Mwawi Kumwenda, Joyce Mvula yet to join Queens camp


Malawi National Netball Team’s top shooters Mwawi Kumwenda and Joyce Mvula are yet to report for training ahead of the Africa World Netball qualifiers.

Queens players reported for camping on Sunday and started training Monday at Blantyre Youth Centre.

However, the two were notable absentees as the rest of the senior players including Towera Vinkhumbo, Caroline Mtukule-Ngwira, Takondwa Lwazi, Thandi Galeta and Martha Dambo trained with the team.


Queens coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa, in an interview earlier Monday, confirmed that training had started but refused to disclose names of players who were yet to report for training.

“We are training ahead of the qualifiers. Some players have excused themselves but that does not mean that they will not travel to South Africa,” she said.

A visit by Times Sport to the venue noted the absence of the two foreign based players.


However, Queens vice-captain Grace Mwafulirwa- Mhango, who missed the 2022 Commonwealth Games, has re-joined the team together with other players that were dropped before the team left for Birmingham Games.

Malawi were drawn in the same group with Uganda, Kenya, Eswatini and Zambia whereas the other pool comprises South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.

The Queens will kick start its campaign on August 21 with a tie against Kenya before meeting Zambia the following day.

They will date Eswatini on August 23 and rest the following day. Malawi will then meet Uganda on August 25.

Top two teams from each group will qualify for the semifinals whereas the other teams will be involved in classification matches.

The semifinals and classification matches will take place on August 26 and 27.

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