For years, the netball fraternity has been irritating and disappointing. But for once this week, I have all the reason to commend it for appointing Griffin Saenda to be at the helm of the Malawi Queens.
The nation was asking as to why Saenda was being sidelined when he was the right man for the job. The performance of the Malawi Queens has been pathetic because it was tactically naïve.
Probably, there were reasons that led Nam to sideline him which we don’t know. But if at all there were any reasons then they have cost Malawi netball a fortune.
This is a team that enjoyed the number one status in Africa but now it has sunk to number two and six in the world. We are no longer a power house.
My heart bleeds to imagine that the team has been coached by some mediocre coaches who have failed to make an enviable mark on the global stage.
My heart still bleeds when I imagine that the team is being managed by a bunch of lopsided, talentless and stubborn administrators who completely lost vision sometime back and the organisation is on auto pilot.
These female administrators decorated in straight perms, sparkling finger nails and lip sticks and wiggling their necks when they speak to reporters, want us to believe that the Malawi Queens are still a star-studded side and yet we all know that of late what we get from them is mediocrity.
They don’t want to accept that the Queens lost their lofty status as our country’s most decorated team long time ago.
This is a bunch of stubborn administrators who will curse you for the rest of your life for being very critical of their style of administration and their tendency to praise a team that has become an embarrassment to the nation due to its underachievement at world netball tournaments.
We cannot mask the fact that our netball standards have embarrassingly gone down. I know I will touch a raw nerve when I describe Malawi netball as a “collection of rubbish” but that is my fair assessment if how the team has been performing is anything to go by.
Then are we surprised that our pampered Queens have been sidelined from the Diamond Challenge in South Africa and replaced by Jamaica?
Nam should stop living in the fool’s paradise. Learn to face reality on the ground.
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