Malawi National Netball Team will have to wait a bit longer to have Melbourne Vixens shooter Mwawi Kumwenda back into the team as she has been left out of the 15-member squad due to Covid restrictions.
The Queens are due to travel to Namibia on Friday for Pent series and Africa Netball Cup but Mwawi, who was hoping to return to the national team setup since 2018, is the key figure missing from the squad.
Mwawi referred this reporter to Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) General Secretary Isaac Chimwala for clarity.
“Our GS [Chimwala] has all the information so he is in a better position to give you the right communication,” she said.
Chimwala said Covid restrictions in Australia have affected Mwawi’s possible return to the Queens, having been sidelined due to an injury and recovery period.
“There are serious Covid restrictions in Australia after several reported cases. Travel is one of them. Mwawi has been caught up in this. We are, however, hopeful that these will be removed and then we can have Mwawi at least for the main African Netball cup games,” he said.
Former Queens skipper Joanna Kachilika is another well-known figure that has been left out.
Some national team players were also left out during the selection exercise due to family commitments.
Meanwhile, Manchester Thunder shooter Joyce Mvula and Towera Vinkhumbo of Strathclyde Sirens are part of the squad alongside seasoned campaigners such as Sindie Simtowe Msowoya, Grace Mwafulirwa-Mhango, Jane Chimaliro and Caroline Mtukule- Ngwira.
First Choice Tigresses centre court player Florence Chipeta is the new centre court player in the squad.
The rest of the players—including Tendai Masamba, Juliet Sambo, Mary Banya, Beauty Basiao, Martha Dambo, Rose Mkanda, Shira Dimba, Bridget Kumwenda and Rose Mkanda are not strangers to the national team.
Tigresses Coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa is the Head Coach deputised by Whyte Mulilima. Chancy Munthali is the Team Manager, with Junier Bamusi as the Team Doctor. Umpire Titus Wankhama is the Fitness Trainer.