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Netball icon Connis Mhone dies

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Malawi netball has been dealt a severe blow following the death of one of the netball’s icon Connis Mhone.

Mhone died Monday after a short illness. She was hospitalised at Kamuzu Central Hospital last week Tuesday.

Until her death Mhone was coaching Civonets and Malawi Queens under-21.

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Both Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) and Civonets officials said they were sad to learn of the death.

Civonets chairperson Ethel Muphuwa said they were saddened by the loss of Mhone who has left indelible mark in netball circles.

“She will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family,” she said.

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Nam general secretary, Carol Bapu, said it was a bad day in netball circles.

“It is terrible to hear about Mhone’s loss. We express our sincere sympathy to her family. She was a woman of few words. She was always ready to work and never murmured,” she said.

Late Mhone is survived by two sons and burial is expected tomorrow at Chipima in Nkhata- Bay.

Mhone started her netball career in 1983 while at Mzuzu CCAP Primary School.

Two years later, Mhone joined Oriental Tobacco Sisters, where she played for close to three years before joining Lilongwe-based Blue Eagles Sisters.

After playing for Eagles Sisters, she crossed the floor to join Silver Netball Club and then moved to Civonets before joining Admarc Tigresses (now Complex Tigresses).

At Tigresses, Mhone enjoyed the best of her career and matured as a player.

During her playing days at Tigresses, the team dominated the local netball fraternity when they won all the trophies for three consecutive years.

Donning Malawi national team uniform was a dream come true for her and while playing for the Malawi Queens, she was one of the reliable players and just a daring to many netball fans because of her shooting skills that defied tall defenders.

She was part of the generation that helped Queens break into top 10 in the world and move to top six.

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