Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) is facing hitches to send the Malawi National Netball Team into camp over unpaid allowances amounting to about K9 million.
The Queens were due to report for camping Sunday but camping was shifted to Tuesday following the disturbance.
According to sources, each Queens player is owed about K550,000 following the team’s participation in the Africa Netball Cup and Pent Series in Namibia in November last year.
Nam is desperate to start Commonwealth Games‘ preparations following Malawi Queens’ third finish in the Africa Netball Cup last year.
According to sources, Nam was using its connections to persuade the players to report for camp training as the association was making arrangements to pay players their allowances.
The association’s vice president Chimwemwe Bakali confirmed that they were yet to pay the players but added that the matter would be sorted out this week.
“It is true we owe the players about K9 million in game bonuses for the Pent Series and Africa Netball Cup. We wanted to use the allocation which Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) gives us but this has delayed the whole process. We are hopeful they will be paid this week,” he said.
Nam General Secretary Isaac Chimwala was optimistic that the players will report for camping.
However, Chimwala said about five players would not join camp tomorrow as Nam was yet to get clearance from their respective employers.
“We are yet to get consent from Malawi Defence Force for Alinafe Kamwala and Beatrice Mpinganjira while others from different employers are Carol Mtukule-Ngwira, Tinkhani Ndhlovu, who is a teacher, and Jane Chimaliro from the Judiciary,” she said.
Meanwhile, Ngwira has said the camp was important in readiness for the Commonwealth Games.
“This is good unlike what happened during the last tournament in Namibia. The girls lacked match fitness and we are hoping for a better camp this time. As for me I will not make it on time because of work. I will be free from February 20th,” she said.
Nam has organised the camp following recommendations from Queens coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa.
Queens were grouped alongside the hosts England and giants New Zealand.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XXII Commonwealth Games and commonly known as Birmingham 2022, is an international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth that is scheduled for Birmingham, England.
The games will run from July 28 to August 8.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.