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Sports Perspective: Nam and its half-hearted performances

This week, I have reluctantly wasted more ink, paper and time writing about a grouping that is opposed to light and progress masquerading as Netball Association of Malawi ((Nam).

This is a grouping that has completely lost direction and it is just a matter of time before it crashes into the Indian Ocean just like the missing MH 370.

I was astonished to learn that the demise of Under-21 national netball team coach, Connis Mhone—-may her soul rest in peace- –would adversely affect preparations of the team ahead of World Youth Championship qualifiers.

It is a fact that the death of any coach would affect preparations of a team he or she coaches but, in this case, it is peculiar.

What is more peculiar is that the late Mhone was identifying talent single-handedly, and Nam did not bother to keep records, and dilly-dallied to appoint her assistant after Samuel Kanyenda refused to take up the post.

Nam president, Rose Chinunda, told the local press that the last time she met late Mhone—I don’t know when—she briefed her about the progress she had made in identifying talent for the team.

“But sadly we do not know the players since she did not finalise the talent identification and give us a report.” That is what Chinunda can tell us.

Nam, therefore, seems to have no clue on how to deal with the situation ahead of the competition.

It does not require rocket science to think that late Mhone needed to have an assistant. This is a norm in every coaching job.

Secondly, it was the prerogative of Nam to be pressing for a report after every session and keep the records in the case of eventualities.

It was absolutely ridiculous and lack of vision to trust such a huge responsibility on one person. This can only happen in an organisation which is dead and buried.

Sadly, netball is the sport that has always put us on the world map but it is being governed by people who have lost their relevance and they are an excess baggage to the sports world.

Do these mothers of ours realise the damage that this lack of proper planning would have on the country’s netball profile?

If Nam was a company listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange, with such lop-sided and comical thinking, coupled with half-hearted performances, it could have taken a battering as no investor could have wanted to associate with a bunch of people who can’t plan in its ranks.

Unless we exorcise the demons that have been circling in their brains for the years they have been in netball administration, take it or leave it, Malawi netball is destined for doom.

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