Queens camp starts March 5
The Malawi national netball team is scheduled to go into camp on March 5 in preparation for the Commonwealth Games.
The Queens will be representing the country at the Games in Gold Coast City, Australia, having qualified because of their sixth-place world ranking.
Before flying to Australia for the April showpiece, Malawi will take part in a warm up Quad Series tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, alongside the hosts, Jamaica and Fiji late March.
Netball Association of Malawi General Secretary, Carol Bapu, said the association would release the call-up in the course of the week.
Bapu said Griffin Saenda Senior’s technical panel is finalising the list of players to report for camp training.
“We have a competent technical panel that is analysing all the potential candidates for this purpose. So, once they submit the list, we will share it with all stakeholders including players, teams and the media,” she said.
Bapu said the forthcoming Quad Series in Auckland, New Zealand, is crucial as it will help the Queens to assess their strengths and weaknesses before the Commonwealth Games.
“We have to utilise the Quad Series to leave a mark at the Commonwealth Games. There is great need for us do well in Australia to improve our rankings,” she said.
Nam has budgeted K18 million to enable the Queens take part in the Quad Series.
The country’s netball governing body is working with Malawi Olympic Committee in preparing a budget for the Games.
Veteran trainer, Saenda Senior, has been recalled to rebuild the team after a disastrous 2017 when, under Mary Waya, the team lost 10 consecutive matches.
Saenda is being deputised by Whyte Mulilima, who led Civonets to GOtv Netball Champions League glory.
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