Queens need more tournaments— International Netball Federation


An International Netball Federation (INF) official has said Malawi national netball team can realise its dream of breaking into the top-four of the world rankings by playing in more international tournaments.

INF Africa Regional Development Manager, Joan Smit, made the remarks at the start of an umpiring and coaching course at College of Medicine Sports Complex in Blantyre yesterday.

Smit said the forthcoming Commonwealth Games set for Australia in April were an excellent platform for the Queens to force their way into the top-four.


She said the on-going course would equip umpires and coaches so that, they can uplift netball standards in the country.

“The fact that Malawi is ranked sixth in the world is a clear indication that apart from the skill and technique, the country has very good coaches and umpires. What is important is to groom these coaches and umpires to international level.

“The Commonwealth Games provide an excellent platform for the Queens to be in the top-four. Malawi has the potential to beat some of the top teams, including world number four Jamaica. Last year, Malawi lost to England in the last test series by one goal, having led in three quarters. What is extremely important is more international participation,” she said.


Nam President, Khungekile Matiya, echoed Smit’s remarks, and challenged participants to make the most of the course.

“Netball is changing and we need to stay at par with international counterparts if we are to find our way to the top,” she said.

Facilitators of the course include Heather Gleadall and Amy Ann Ruffell-Hazell.

Seven senior national team players-including skipper Joana Kachilika, Caroline Mtukule- Ngwira, Towera Vinkhumbo- Nyirenda, Jane Chimaliro and Beatrice Mpinganjira-are also undergoing the training.

Malawi National Council of Sports Administration Manager, Henry Me

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