Record K0.6m for netballer’s transfer


Domestic netball heavyweights, Kukoma Diamonds, are set to complete the signing of goalkeeper-cum-defender, Annabel Phiri, at a record fee of K600,000 from Northern Region league team, Lameck Queens.

Phiri will smash the previous domestic netball record transfer fee of K350,000 which Diamonds paid when signing defender, Caroline Mtukule-Ngwira, from Tigresses in 2008.

The reigning Airtel Money National Netball Trophy, Presidential Cup and GOtv Netball Champions League holders were on the market looking for a defensive back-up.


Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) Vice- Treasurer, Jane Kachali, who facilitated the deal, confirmed the transfer.

“The player has since travelled to Blantyre to link up with the new team before finalising the deal,” she said.

Diamonds General Secretary, Chimwemwe Bakali, said their sponsor, Capital Oil Refining Industries (Cori), has released funding for the player’s transfer.


“We have been looking for a defensive cover and the technical panel felt that Annabel would be a perfect fit in our squad,” he said.

Bakali hailed the sponsor for providing funds to enable the signing of the defender.

“It shows that Capital Oil Refining Industries is also committed to the development of the team. We will ensure that we should remain a winning team to keep on promoting the sponsors’ brand,” he said.

Diamonds will unveil the defender next week.

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