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The future of Malawi National Netball Team coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa hangs in balance following the expiry of her three-year contract on August 31 this year.

Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) President Abigail Shariff confirmed the development saying they will consult the government before advertising the post.

“It is true that her contract has just expired. We came in as an executive while her contract was still running. As it is we need to meet the government before we begin our next step,” she said.

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The development comes after Chawinga-Kaluwa guided the Queens to 2023 Cape Town Netball World Cup finals after the senior side finished second during the African Netball Championship in South Africa last month.

Ironically, the Queens dropped on World Rankings to position seven from six, ending the team’s automatic qualification slot to the world showpiece.

Following Queens’ recent performance, some analysts backed the coach to be maintained whereas others want a foreign coach to take over the mantle.

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However, Shariff insisted that Nam cannot make a decision without the government’s input.

“As I said, we need to consult the government first. As of now we have not yet contacted the government because we need to compile a report to submit. We can’t hire a foreign or local coach without government’s input.

“Once we get clearance from the government we will advertise the post. We will also encourage Peace [Chawinga-Kaluwa] to apply following her good work with the Queens,” she said.

Shariff also saluted both the First Lady Madam Monica Chakwera and Minister of Youth and Sports Richard Chimwendo Banda for supporting Nam and Queens’ endeavours.

“The First Lady is our matron and she is always following up on issues surrounding the team. She is indeed a mother to the Queens. On the other hand, the youth and sports minister has always been supportive and we hope with his guidance we will reach great heights,” she said.

Chawinga-Kaluwa refused to comment.

However, the First Choice Tigresses mentor was at the loggerheads with Nam secretariat over team selection.

The coach accused Nam secretariat of interference before the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

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