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Nam yet to draw Queens preps plan

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Peace Chawinga Kaluwa

Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) is yet to finalise Malawi National Netball Team’s preparations plan for the 2023 Netball World Cup slated for Cape Town, South Africa.

Netball is on off season in the country and most local leagues will likely start in April, which is two months before the World Cup throws off.

Nam Vice President Chimwemwe Bakali said on Monday that they will outline their plans soon to keep the Queens active ahead of the world showpiece, which is set to run from July 28 to August 6.

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“We are aware that the clock is ticking ahead of the World Cup. It is off season, too, but we are finalising preparation plans for the senior side. We will soon outline them to all stakeholders,” he said.

Bakali said they are hopeful that the K40 million National Netball League will start earlier to enable players to be active.

Salima Sugar Company pledged to bankroll the league after attending the government-initiated Sports Indaba in Lilongwe in September last year.

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Meanwhile, netball analyst Neffie Kammata has asked Nam to develop plans targeting potential national team players.

“This is off season but we need all players to be active. This time, Nam was supposed to develop both residential and non-residential training plans for potential national team players. The training can be arranged at regional level. National team players must be active before the competition,” the former First Choice Tigresses defender said.

During the draw, which was held at East London International Convention Centre, London, the Queens were drawn in Pool B with England, Scotland and Barbados.

Queens coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa, who is yet to sign a new contract, called for thorough preparations ahead of the 2023 Netball World Cup finals.

“All the groups have no easy sides. Talking of teams which are ranked from six to 14; their [style of] play is near identical. The teams are busy preparing.

“As such, for any team to do well, preparations befitting the tournament will be vital,” she said.

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