Civonets’ poor form in the GOtv Netball Champions League has been attributed to indiscipline following revelations that senior players, Jane Chimaliro and Tina Kamzati, went missing from training without permission.
Chimaliro and Kamzati, who also play for Malawi netball Queens, did not feature for the team during second round games held at Blantyre Youth Centre last weekend.
The pair is reportedly not amused after they were dropped from a match against Lameck Queens in Mzuzu three weeks ago.
Civonets coach, Connis Mhone, said it was unfortunate that the pair did not report for training which would have warranted a place for them in the team that travelled to Blantyre.
“We concentrate on the players that are available. In this case, they did not report for training for no apparent reason. Much as we would have loved to have them in the team, but circumstances indicate that they are not ready to play,” she said.
Mhone said Beauty Nyaungulu was the only player missing from Civonets assignments due to a knee injury.
Kamzati insisted that she was sorting out personal issues.
“I tried to contact the coach, but she didn’t pick up my calls. Then, I contacted one of the officials that I will miss part of the games because a thief stole my personal effects, so I was busy following up on the issue,” she explained.
“This week, I was also escorting my ill father to the hospital.
As for the game you are talking about, I asked the coach why she
omitted us from the squad and she explained that she wanted to give some players game-time. She even assured me that if we win, we will receive our full allowances.”
Kamzati, while confirming that she was ready to return to training this week, hinted that her colleague, Chimaliro, was nursing a finger injury.
“She sustained an injury, but she might also train this week,” she said.
Chimaliro could not be reached for a comment.
However, the players resumed training on Wednesday.
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