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Peace Chawinga replaces Griffin Saenda Senior as Queens coach

BACK AT THE HELM—Chawinga-Kaluwa

Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) has named First Choice Tigresses Coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa as new Malawi national netball team coach, replacing seasoned mentor Griffin Saenda Snr.

The revered trainer is being earmarked for another role.

Chawinga-Kaluwa has been offered a three year-deal and will be deputised by Whyte Mulilima who has been maintained as assistant.

Nam General Secretary, Carol Bapu, said they settled for Chawinga-Kaluwa because of her experience and qualifications.

“Peace is one of the best coaches in the country. We believe she will guide the team to rise further on the rankings,” Bapu said.

She said Chawinga-Kaluwa’s immediate task is preparing Malawi for the African Netball Championship set for October 18-23 in South Africa.

“The tournament provides her with an opportunity to underline her class and we appeal to all stakeholders to support her,” Bapu said.

Chawinga-Kaluwa was not available for comment Friday as she was out of reach.

However, former Queens Captain Emmie Waya- Chongwe, while applauding Nam for the appointment, said Chawinga-Kaluwa should have been allowed to pick her assistant.

“Nam has done well indeed but next time the head coach should be given the chance to select his or her own assistant. Sometimes you need to work with someone who shares your philosophy,” Waya-Chongwe said.

Chawinga-Kaluwa captained the Queens for 15 years and worked as under-21 coach between 2001 and 2010.

In 2012, she was an assistant to Edith Kaliati for the senior side.

Two years later, she teamed up with Mary Waya to guide the Queens to various international tournaments.

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