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Netball transfer window opens

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Oftentimes, the domestic netball transfer window goes unnoticed. However, this year’s transfer window promises to attract attention following disputes that threaten to prevent some players from switching sides.

Blantyre and Districts Netball Committee—administrators of the Rainbow Paints Southern Region Netball League—have disclosed that the two-month transfer window opened on Monday.

The league’s General Secretary, Annie Hanjahanja, asked teams to make use of the window when beefing up squads.

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“We have indeed opened the transfer window in accordance with the Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) constitution. This is the time for teams to sign new players. We urge clubs to negotiate with fellow teams to avoid player-tapping,” she said.

Alliance Capital Stars is among the teams that want to sign players during the window.

Tigresses’ shooter-cum-goalkeeper, Lauren Ngwira, has been on Alliance Capital Stars’ radar for some months.

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The Malawi Queens player has not featured for Tigresses this season after she picked a job at Alliance Capital Limited, which wants her to be playing for the company’s netball team.

The well-sponsored Stars are also eyeing players from Thunders Queens.

Another team likely to be involved in the transfer market is Kukoma Diamonds, who are set to sign a player from the Northern Region.

Two seasons ago, Prison Sisters poached Midness Chiona from Diamonds.

However, the local netball transfer that is well-documented involved Caroline Mtukule- Ngwira’s switch from Diamonds, then Escom Sisters, to Tigresses in 2008.

Ngwira’s transfer delayed for a year as Tigresses held on to the player. Eventually, Mtukule joined Diamonds at a national record fee of K350,000.

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