Towing shooter Mwawi Kumwenda’s return to the Malawi Queens fold has given the team massive boost after Skysports.com rated the player among top 10 players likely to make huge impact at the forthcoming World Cup in Sydney, Australia.
Mwawi returned to the national netball team on Monday following the intervention of the Minister of Youth Development and Sports, Grace Chiumia, to end a long-running feud with the Netball Association of Malawi.
According to Skysports.com, the Malawian shooter is the only player from Africa likely to have strong influence and impact on the games expected to throw off on August 7.
Players from South Africa, Uganda and Zambia, who will also take part in the World Cup, miss out on the top 10 list.
Sky Sports pundits led by the online publication’s resident netball expert, Anita Navi, came up with the list after assessing the performance of the players in top netball leagues across the world.
The online publication features, Maria Tutaia, Laura Langman (New Zealand), Jo Harten, Geva Mentor, Serena Guthrie (England), Natalie Medhurst, Laura Geitz, Kim Ravailion (Australia) and Romelda Aiken, (Jamaica) alongside the Malawian as players tipped to make big impact.
Malawi Queens coach Peace Chawinga-Kalua said she was not surprised that Mwawi was rated highly.
“This is why we insisted that we should have her in the squad. Every team wants its top players for such assignments,” she said.
At the World Cup, Queens will face continental rivals, South Africa, in the opening game set for August 7. Then Malawi will date Sri Lanka on August 8.
Queens will wind up the preliminary round campaign against Singapore. The World Cup is expected to end on August 16.
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