By Tiyese Monjeza:
Malawi national netball team coach Peace Chawinga Kaluwa has said grassroots netball competitions at district levels are crucial for the development of the sport in the country.
The First Choice Tigresses mentor, speaking on Saturday at Cobbe Barracks during the finals of the district’s Presidential Cup, said such competitions help unearth blossoming raw talent.
“Talented netball players in rural areas rarely have the chance to be spotted for consideration to join some big clubs and the national team, hence the need for introduction of more district competitions like the Presidential Cup, where such talent can be identified,” she said.
“We do not have enough district competitions where we can identify talented youthful players. We need more grassroots competitions just like other countries, like Australia where they engage veteran netball players to train youthful players. Let us adopt such practices in advancing the sport in the country.”
During the final, KC Sisters were crowned the district champions after beating Triggers 34-13.
KC Sisters coach and owner, Vincent Chipeta, said the team will intensify training to do well at regional level of the competition.
He also asked officials from big netball teams to use the competition to scout players for possible recruitment in their respective sides.
KC Sisters went home with a trophy and K100,000 for emerging champions, while Triggers pocketed K70,000 for finishing as runners-up in a competition participated by 18 teams.
The two teams have since progressed to compete for the regional level of the competition.
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