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Nam yet to pick Queens assistant coach

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BAKALI—We are reviewing names

Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) is scrutinising names of three coaches before selecting an assistant to Queens coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa, Times Sport has learnt.

Chawinga-Kaluwa submitted a list of three coaches to Nam to enable the association to select her assistant.

Nam General Secretary Chimwemwe Bakali kept a tight lid on the names that Chawinga-Kaluwa has proposed to deputise her.

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“As per our condition, the coach [Chawinga- Kaluwa] submitted to us the list for our perusal. We are currently reviewing the potential candidates and will make our decision this week,” he said.

However, Bakali could not answer why Nam asked the coach to submit a list of three potential coaches to deputise her.

The development comes after Nam offered Chawinga-Kaluwa a two-year deal following the expiry of her three-year contract on August 31.

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Chawinga-Kaluwa could neither confirm nor deny submitting the list and signing her contract.

“I was given the offer letter yes but I can’t comment as it is between me and Nam,” she said.

Sports analyst George Kaudza Masina faulted Nam for its involvement in selecting assistant coach.

“The choice of assistant coach for Chawinga could have been her domain. The fact that the list of three coaches to be considered is coming from Chawinga herself is a solace.

“Ordinarily, a coach is supposed to choose his or her backroom staff. But this is not the only way. At times, the association or club can dictate on the same depending on their development plans,” he said.

Kaudza Masina said the national coach should be empowered to deliver good results.

“As such, in future, the choice of assistant coach ought to be in line with the Nam development agenda. It has to be appreciated that the success and failure of a team falls solely on the coach despite support from his or her lieutenants; as such, let the coach be in charge on who to work with,” he said.

Queens have risen on the latest World Rankings to position six from seven.

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