Minister of Youth and Sports Ulemu Msungama has said he is planning to have an interface meeting with the Malawi national netball team players and Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) to appreciate their challenges.
Previously, Nam had been embroiled in problems with Queens players over unpaid game bonuses and allowances. The netball association is also under heavy criticism from Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) for failing to provide audited reports.
But Msungama said he would not rush to act on hearsays before meeting the netball fraternity.
“I know that all associations including netball have problems but I want to meet them personally to appreciate their challenges. Previously, there have been issues of allowances with the players and Nam but I need to hear from them. In short, Mlandu wa munda timakambira pamunda pomwepo [Land cases are discussed right at the spot],” Msungama said.
The Minister has been in familiarisation tour but made headlines when he openly criticised Football Association of Malawi (Fam) leadership over links with former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
Although Nam officials are not politically compromised, the association has been marred by maladministration in recent years.
Msungama has already visited construction sites for Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers stadia. Just after his appointment, Msungama said his priority would be to engage all stakeholders in the sports fraternity.
Nam General Secretary, Carol Bapu was reluctant to comment on the matter.
Former Minister of Sports Francis Kasaila once accused Nam officials saying they were only interested on foreign trips instead of developing the game.
Malawi Queens reclaimed sixth spot in the world recently according to the latest rankings. The team is also back on position two in Africa after displacing Uganda.