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Queens coach clears mist

TO WORK JOINTLY—Chawinga-Kaluwa


Malawi National Netball Team Coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa has called for honesty and patriotism if her charges are to impress at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games slated for July 28 to August 8.

Chawinga-Kaluwa was reacting to our questionnaire on why she delayed the senior side’s camping by two days.

“As far as I know I called in camp my long list of 28 players that includes three foreign country-based players. I knew that camping will be with 25 local players since the three are still with their clubs.

“By the time we started camp, 22 local players, except three, were in and ready to train. The issue of refusing to start camp on time is news to me,” she said.

“Training started as per plan. The girls were in camp on time as per agreed. However, it is true that we failed to train in two morning sessions but this was because of some unfulfilled logistics on the administrative side and these were the things that affected our training.”

Chawinga-Kaluwa said she understood the situation because the manager [Diana Nkhulembe] was not in camp by the time she released information.

The First Choice Tigresses mentor also called for improved communication rather than to learn developments about national team players through the media.

“As a coach I am on top of everything that happens with my players. Above all, what we should be remembering is that, we want to do the best for our country and as such we should do things honestly with passion and patriotism,” she said.

Nkhulembe, who is also Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) Vice General Secretary, said it was time to forge ahead.

“All things were sorted out. There was indeed communication breakdown but camping started as scheduled. We are now focusing on our preparations,” she said.

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