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Mwawi Kumwenda’s former team hunt for replacement

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Mwawi Kumwenda’s former New Zealand team, Mainland Tactix, are hunting for a replacement for the Malawi netball Queens’ shooter, who has signed for Australian giants, Melbourne Vixens.

Kumwenda ended her three-year romance with Tactix after landing a two-year deal with the Australian giants.

Netball Mainland Chief Executive, Brigit Hearn, told the club’s website that she received an e-mail from Mwawi’s agent, advising that she won’t be back.

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Hearn said they wanted to keep Mwawi and made her a substantial offer and could not have done anything more.

“I imagine it’s a significant package no New Zealand franchise would have been able to compete with. At the end of the day, we have made a very good offer. We have done everything that was within our power,” Heard is quoted as saying.

Hearn said they would like to sign a New Zealand national team player, but may have to look offshore.

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“The ideal would be a New Zealand goal shoot to develop our own players and give them opportunities. I am not ruling out an import either. You do have to find a goal shoot, who can put the ball through the hoop,” she explained.

Mwawi, 26, spent three years in Melbourne playing for Peninsula Waves after signing for them in 2011 from Escom Sisters, now Kukoma Diamonds.

Hearn was naturally disappointed that Mwawi had opted against staying and playing in the New Zealand domestic league.

“While we are disappointed to lose someone of the skills and personality of Mwawi – we wish her every success for the future,” Hearn explained.

“Mwawi has become an integral part of our Tactix family and Mainland community and we have enjoyed getting to know and understand more about her Malawian culture.”— Stuff newspaper, New Zealand.

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