Out of contract netball director Mary Waya has been handed lifeline after Namibian Netball Association hired her on a month-long contract to coach the Dessert Jewels ahead of the Africa World Cup qualifiers slated for next month.
The former Malawi Queens shooter and coach arrived in Namibia Friday.
Waya could not be reached for her comment.
Sources indicated that Waya was initially invited to conduct coaching courses in Namibia but the Desert Jewels decided to tap more from the World Netball Heart ambassador by engaging her as a coach before the gruelling qualifiers.
“Namibia has acted swiftly as they believe that Waya will help them develop further. Ironically, she met with Malawi’s delegation for Commonwealth Games in Addis Ababa Ethiopia on Thursday where they were all making connections,” the source said.
According to her sister Emmie Waya-Chongwe the legendary attacker accepted the offer as she was still waiting for her contract as a netball director which expired.
“She is not running away from the government. If her contract as a netball director was renewed then she would have stayed here. Anyway, it is a month long contract and they can extend it or our government can also speed up her recruitment,” said the former Queens captain.
Ministry of Sports spokesperson Andrew Nyondo said Waya’s contractual issue was still being processed.
“We haven’t yet received a letter of her appointment. We are still waiting to hear from her on that. I can confirm that there was a memo that recommended that her contract should be renewed.
“Regarding what you have told us that she is heading to Namibia, then that’s her decision. She is free to seek employment from anywhere else. But I can assure you that the government is looking at her issue. All the process, are being undertaken and if we are done she will be communicated to. If she decides to leave for another job it is another issue which we can’t comment on,” he said
Waya has played crucial roles in shaping countries such as Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya to be better netball federations. She was also in Nigeria conducting coaching courses following recommendations from World Netball.