When news filtered in that our pampered Queens had surrendered the number six position on the world rankings at the on-going Commonwealth Games in Australia, it did not come as a surprise to some of us.
The team once turned itself into a side that we were all proud to call Malawi Queens. They were ladies who represented us with honour in the jungles of world netball and, when they went into a battle, we were pretty sure that they were unlikely to lose, no matter the strength of the opposition that they were facing.
But today, under the tutelage of Khungekile Matiya led-Netball Association of Malawi (Nam), it has become a pale shadow of itself and an embarrassment to the nation.
The hopeless Queens finished on position seven after beating Northern Ireland 60-52 in a seventh/eighth place play-off.
As anticipated, there were a lot of excuses peddled by the defeated souls to convince us that they could have done better.
Wyhte Mulilima, the man who came in as a surprise package to coach Queens on such a big stage when he had no enough international experience, said lessons have been learnt and they will fight hard to restore their lost glory during the next competition.
Despite spending one month abroad playing games, Mulilima had the audacity to say this, “Our friends started preparing last year, including international friendlies. We only had two weeks to train at home….’’
But what Mulilima did not say is why he accepted to pick a job with an ill-prepared team.
This is the game which is being administered by people who have no clue on how netball is supposed to run.
These are people who have never been on the court and cannot appreciate the technicalities of the game and yet we foolishly expect that they can achieve anything tangible.
This is the price you pay when you entrust a crucial responsibility of managing such a precious sport to people who have no vision.
Nam President, Khungekile Matiya, who has gone into the annals as the worst Nam president after this hopeless show by the Queens, should be told in no uncertain terms that this is the darkest moment we have never experienced in recent years.
Our netball passion has changed, dramatically and forever, by serious psychological scars inflicted on us by this worthless and talentless team.
Any loss of the Queens is painful but this one is very, very painful because it came like a tragedy that shattered many lives and left scars which will last a lifetime.
Khungekile and his lieutenants must be told that this madness has consumed our morale in netball.
That Malawi has a pedigree of producing competitive netball teams, when it comes to the battles for the Commonwealth Games, has become history.
Khunge, we shall never forget the psychological demons Nam has inflicted on the nation and you must all resign.
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