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Netball Association of Malawi pleads with Queens players

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Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) has apologised to Malawi National Netball Team players in a bid to force the Queens to report for camping following a boycott over unpaid allowances.

Details indicated that some players had promised to join campSunday after the Nam leadership apologised for not clearing issues surrounding Queens’ allowances.

The Queens were supposed to start preparations for Commonwealth Games last week but only four players reported for camp training as the players are demanding games bonuses amounting to K9 million for the Pent Series and Africa Netball Cup.

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As of Saturday, only nine players had reported for the training in Lilongwe.

The development forced Nam President Abigail Shariff to call for an emergency meeting with the players at Cross Roads Hotel.

According to details, the Nam boss was accompanied by general secretary Isaac Chimwala whereas Queens captain Carol Ngwira alongside Jane Chimaliro, Rose Mkanda and Mary Nyirenda represented the players.

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Chimwala confirmed that the meeting took place yesterday.

“The president acknowledged the fact that Nam errored by committing to the issue of payment of top up allowances from the sponsor before engaging the sponsor on the same. The president apologised to the players for unnecessarily raising players hopes,” Chimwala said.

“Nam is still consulting on the matter with all stakeholders. This may take a bit of time though and the president appealed to the players to give the process adequate time and accept to go into camp.”

By Sunday morning, the players in camp comprised Jessica Mazengera Sanudi, Tinkhani Ndhlovu, Florence, Shira Dimba, Annabel Phiri, Chifuniro Msambiro, Vanessa and Mada.

This contradicts Chimwala, who claimed that the number of players in camp had risen to 20.

Several senior Queens players including Ngwira, Chimaliro, Beatrice Mpinganjira, Martha Dambo, Thandie Galeta and Bridget Kumwenda had not reported for training as of Saturday.

However, Ngwira was reluctant to comment on the matter yesterday.

The standoff is a big setback for Queens coach Peace Chawinga- Kalua, who wants her charges to keep in shape in preparation for the Commonwealth Games slated for August 28 in Birmingham, England.

Malawi Queens are currently on position seven in the world behind Uganda’s She Cranes and South Africa’s Proteas, who are six and fifth, respectively

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