Netball giants, Tigresses, have challenged Blantyre and Districts Netball League’s (BDNL) decision to forfeit three points from them.
Tigresses failed to show up for their Rainbow Paints League match against Prison Sisters at Blantyre Youth Centre on Monday, prompting the league’s authorities to award Prison three points and 150 baskets’ win.
The team, through its Coach and administrator Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa, has since lodged an appeal to Southern Region Netball Committee, seeking BDNL’s reversal of its decision.
“We were given a fixture which excluded us on the opening day. So, we released our players for the long weekend. When the league later issued its revised fixtures for Monday’s games, we told them that it was too late for us to raise a team because most of our players had left the city. It is for this reason that we have taken our case to the Southern Region Netball Committee,” Chawinga-Kaluwa states.
However, the league’s General Secretary, Annie Hanjahanja, blamed Tigresses for failing to show up for the match.
“During our meeting, it was discussed that a follow up fixture would be issued a bit late as we wanted to take advantage of the long weekend, Monday being Kamuzu Day holiday. It is strange that the rest of the teams complied while Tigresses did not show up,” she said.
Meanwhile, Thunder Queens bounced back from their shaky start to the season by beating Shizaella 48-36 whereas Gerald Tasaukadala Sisters humbled Machinjiri Sisters 35-30.
Serenity Stars continued with their impressive start as they followed up on their stunning win over Thunder by defeating Chilomoni Sisters 59-52.
Champions Kukoma Diamonds top the table after registering their second successive win when they beat Polytechnic 90-15.
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