Sports Minister intervenes in Mwawi Kumwenda, Nam saga
Minister of Sports Grace Chiumia says she hopes her intervention in the saga involving New Zealand-based shooter Mwawi Kumwenda and Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) would help iron out wrangles rocking the two parties.
Mwawi, through her representatives, has made it clear that she would not return to Queens’ fold until Nam addresses the issues she raised.
Chiumia said she had contacted both parties and was hoping to resolve the issue soon.
“I have to come in and resolve the issue. So far, I have contacted both parties and we hope to reach a compromise soon,” she said.
Mwawi has been missing from Queens’ assignments after falling out with Nam administration.
Meanwhile, Malawi Queens coach Peace Chawinga-Kalua urged local netball authorities to resolve the dispute.
“Mwawi is an important member of the squad so we need her presence in the team. Already, our preparations have not been the best so we need every top player in the squad,” she said.
The Malawi national netball team regrouped on Monday at Blantyre where 18 out of 20 players that were called for the camp reported for training.
Mwawi, alongside Blue Eagles Sisters shooter Cecilia Mtukule, did not report for national duties. Mtukule gave an excuse.
“Cecilia gave an excuse and we understood her. As for Mwawi we are still waiting for her,” she said.
In the opening game, Queens will face continental rivals South Africa on August 7 before dating Sri Lanka the following day.
The Malawi national netball team would then date Singapore on August 9.
The Netball World Cup is expected to end on August 16.
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