By Mphatso Malidadi:
Local players are on an off-season break after almost 10 months of competitive netball.
The Queens are expected to start preparations for the netball World Cup to be staged in Liverpool, England, from July 12 to 21.
Nam General Secretary, Carol Bapu, made the remarks as the association is working on submiting its budget to the government through Malawi National Council of Sports.
Bapu said they were treading cautiously on issues to do with releasing the training programme as they wanted to avoid burnout and injuries related to players’ lack of rest.
“We are on an off season break and the players need to rest and recover before we start preparations. Our season has ran for almost 10 months and, if we are to get the best from the players, they need to recuperate fully,” she said.
Bapu said Nam had finalised its budget and would soon be presenting it to the government for funding.
The Queens are expected to use over K100 million for their preparations and participation at the global contest.
“We are happy with the remarks made by Sports Minister Grace Chiumia through the PS [Principal Secretary] Joseph Mwandidya that the government was committed to sponsoring us,” he said.
The Queens will open up their campaign with a date with New Zealand at ACC Echo Arena in the English city on July12.
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