The future of Malawi National Netball Team Coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa is shrouded in mist as she is yet to sign a contract despite Netball Association of Malawi’s (Nam) claims that her job was formalised.
Sources within the association said the coach accepted the offer but asked Nam to do its part in terms of preparing the team ahead of major events.
In October, Nam disclosed that it had decided to re-engage Chawinga-Kaluwa, whose three-year contract expired on August 31, soon after guiding the Queens to second place finish at the Netball World Cup Africa zone qualifying tournament in South Africa.
Last month, Nam told the local media that the association offered Chawinga-Kaluwa a two-year contract which the coach was scrutinising.
“Let us be honest, we gave a contract to the coach and she did not take long to respond. She asked us [Nam] to do our part in terms of making resources available to prepare for competitions. Now we are yet to go back to her to finalise the deal,” said the source.
Nam vice president Chimwemwe Bakali, who is also the association’s spokesperson, could not respond to our questionnaire asking what was causing the delay for the coach to sign the contract.
“Will call you back,” he said after earlier pledging to respond through a WhatsApp text.
Chawinga-Kaluwa refused to comment on issues to do with her contract.
Malawi National Sports Council (MNCS) Public Relations and Communications Officer Edgar Ntulumbwa said they were waiting for Nam to finalise the deal to make recommendations to the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
“If Nam advises us that they are engaging her on full time or otherwise, then we will make our recommendations. We don’t have anything regarding the coach on our desk,” he said.
Netball analyst Neffie Kam’mata said technically, the Queens have no coach.
“At this point Peace [Chawinga-Kaluwa] should not be deceived that she is the national netball team coach. A verbal announcement is not binding so we can conclude that the Queens do not have a coach. Nam should have acted quickly as World Cup finals are approaching,” said the former Queens defender.
Queens were drawn in Pool B with England, Scotland and Barbados.