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Peace Chawinga eyes top 4

EYEING CONTINENTAL GLORY—Chawinga

Newly appointed Malawi national netball team Coach, Peace Chawinga- Kaluwa, has called for support in her quest to drive the Queens into the top four.

Chawinga-Kaluwa said rebuilding Malawi’s status as one of the best netballing nations in the world would be a daunting task which requires concerted efforts from all stakeholders.

The First Choice Tigresses mentor takes over a team that lies seventh on the International Netball Federation rankings.

The Queens had slumped to position nine in the run up to this year’s Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England, where a seventh place finish helped them rise on the rankings.

Chawinga-Kaluwa said her major task was to work on the team’s inefficiencies that have seen it occupy third position in Africa.

“We do not deserve to be outside the top five in the world. We need to reinvigorate the team by identifying new talent and developing it. The team needs deliberate plans in the short to medium term, focusing on identification and introduction of new talent into the team. This would be fused with the current crop as part of development and sustainability,” she said.

Chawinga-Kaluwa said the team needs to play more strength-testing international games to help players gain more exposure.

She said the friendlies would help her identify the team’s shortfalls and give the players more confidence.

“We need players who can contain pressure at the highest level. With more resources and self-belief on all ends, it is possible to break into the top four. I believe this is achievable. We also need proper development plans,” Chawinga- Kaluwa said.

Commenting on the forthcoming African Netball Championship set for South Africa next month, the coach said it would be a rebranding exercise for her team.

“This is a tournament where every game will reflect on the rankings. It is my wish that we reclaim our place in the top six. My ultimate goal is to see Malawi in the top four, she said.

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