Queens skipper signs for Team Bath in UK
Malawi National Netball Team captain Caroline Mtukule- Ngwira has become the first Malawian to play for Team Bath in Vitality Netball Superleague after signing a season-long deal.
Team Bath announced the news yesterday on the club’s website, further indacating that Mtukule is thrilled to join Team Bath for the 2023 season.
“Mtukule, who plays goal-defence and goal-keeper, has amassed a wealth of experience during a playing career dating back to 2004. During that time, she has helped the Queens achieve their best-ever rankings of fifth place at both major international tournaments,” the statement reads.
Mtukule said she was delighted to have secured a contract with Team Bath.
“It is a dream come true. I would like to thank my teammates and coaches, both at my club [Kukoma Diamonds and national team, for supporting me. I would like to encourage other players to continue working hard and be disciplined,” she said in an interview.
She told Bath’s website that she was geared for the challenge and optimistic of bringing positive results to the team.
“I have never played for a club overseas but it is something I have been looking forward to for many years. I am ready to learn new skills and test myself in a big league. I know why I am coming and what I want to do.
“I know Team Bath are a big club with a good history. I have played against Kadeen Corbin a lot with England over the years and I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the players,” she said.
Queens defender Towera Vinkhumbo, who plays for Strathclyde Sirens in the UK, was equally excited with Mtukule’s move.
“My captain, now she will be wearing blue and gold uniform. Congrats to you Ayuda [Caroline]. Wish you best of luck in the vitality Netball Superleague,” Vinkhumbo posted on her Facebook page.
Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) Vice President Chimwemwe Bakali saluted Mtukule for securing the deal.
“This is great news to Malawi. We congratulate her. It is clear testimony that we have the talent and the world is so much aware of this. Nam is encouraging upcoming girls to work hard and end with dream moves and future through the game,” he said.
Mtukule has become Malawi’s fourth player to be plying her trade overseas, joining her former Diamonds teammate Vinkhumbo in VNL.
Shooter Mwawi Kumwenda- Mbwana plays for Melbourne Vixens in Australia while another attacker Joyce Mvula moved to Central Pulse in New Zealand from UK’s Manchester Thunder.