By Tiyese Monjeza:
Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) President, Khungekile Matiya, has said the association plans to hire a technical director (TD) to help promote grassroots netball in the country.
Matiya made the remarks on Sunday at Cobbe Barracks netball court in Zomba during the Eastern Region finals of Presidential Cup involving 14 teams.
She said the association’s recent strategic plan points out at having a fulltime TD to work with district netball committees and help in formulation of recognisable structures for talent identification of youthful players.
“There are some gaps we have noted that are affecting the progress of the sport in the country. We want a proper transition programme which will help in replacing aging players with youthful players. We will soon have a technical director who will link the gap between the association and district committees for easy player identification,” Matiya said.
She urged the country’s established netball teams to introduce reserve sides to groom youthful players to advance the sport.
During the regional finals, Rainbow Paints Blantyre and Districts Netball League side, Prison Sisters beat fellow Zomba based side Malawi Airforce Sisters 48-31 to emerge regional champions and qualify for national finals of the competition.
Prison Sisters coach-player Midness Chiona said the team is banking on newly recruited players who are contributing to the team’s good showing in the competition
“We want to end the dominance of Blantyre and Lilongwe-based sides in winning this competition in the past years. We want to bring the title to the Eastern Region and we hope this is our year,” she said.
Prison Sisters received K200,000 and a trophy for emerging champions while Malawi Airforce Sisters pocketed K175, 000.
Balaka Admarc who finished third went home with K125, 000 while fourth placed Maritime Queens from Mangochi received K100, 000.
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