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Towera extends Sirens stay

QUEEN OF INTERCEPTIONS— Towera

Malawi National Netball Team goalkeeper Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda has been rewarded with another contract at Strathclyde Sirens for a second successive season.

Vinkhumbo, nicknamed the Queen of interceptions, was thrilled with the development.

“Extremely proud and thankful to re-sign at Sirens Netball for 2022 Vitality Netball Super League season and yet it is going to be fun,” the former Kukoma Diamonds player posted on her facebook page.

The development did not come as a surprise after she was voted as the 2021 Vitality Netball Superleague Players Player of the season.

Vinkhumbo, who was on the books at Severn Stars previously, arrived as a late injury-replacement for Zanele Vimbela prior to the 2021 season and looked instantly at home with Sirens.

“The Malawi international’s circle relationship with Emily Nicholl caused every shooting partnership in the league problems and with Taylor Cullen out in front of them, the trio were able to generate a wealth of ball for their attackers to convert to goal,” skysports.com reported Friday.” At the end of the 2021 season, Vinkhumbo had secured 60 interceptions – more than any other player in the league. She also created 93 turnovers and added 56 deflections to her tally during the 20 rounds of action.”

The development came after Australia based shooter Mwawi Kumwenda also re-signed for Melbourne Vixens after a disappointing season.

Another Queens shooter Joyce Mvula is also expected to re-sign for Manchester Thunder following outstanding performances.

Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) Technical Director Sam Kanyenda hailed the trio for spirited performance.

“They are being offered contracts because they work hard. They are not being given deals to impress them. We need to send more players overseas to challenge the top five teams in the world,” he said.

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