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Pundits call for netball stakeholders meeting

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Local netball icons have asked Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) to initiate a stakeholders’ meeting so as to brainstorm and revive the sport in the country.

Former Nam general secretary and Queens coach Edith Kaliati and ex-Queens skipper Emmie Waya-Chongwe, among other officials, want the association to name a new Queens Coach ahead of the 2023 Netball World Cup which South Africa would host.

Kaliati said time was ripe for Nam to replace Griffin Saenda Senior before the next World Cup edges closer.

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“Time won’t be waiting for us. Nam must engage an ambitious qualified coach because Mr Saenda has done his part and is aging,” she said.

The former MTL Queens mentor [now Tropical Queens] also advised Nam to scout for youthful players as the majority of the players who starred for the side at last month’s World Cup in England would be doubtful for the next event.

Kaliati said a stakeholder’s meeting would also help Nam assess the Queens performance and set up measures to revamp the sport and developmental structures.

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She also said Nam must focus on ensuring that the Queens break into the top-four of the world rankings, having stagnated on positions five and six in major competitions for more than 13 years.

Waya-Chongwe shared similar remarks saying Nam must take criticism positively.

“Whatever we say it is not meant to hurt anyone but help Nam address flaws so that the Queens should be performing well. If the team gives the nation good results no one would have time to complain. So, Nam must show its seriousness by inviting us to a meeting where we should open up by offering solutions to turn-around the team and netball in general,” she said.

Nam President, Khungekile Matiya, promised to come-back to us but she did not as we went to press whereas General Secretary, Carol Bapu, referred us back to Matiya.

The development comes after the Queens finished sixth at the World Cup in England last month.

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