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Towera Vinkhumbo rated fifth best

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Malawi National Netball Team goalkeeper Towera Vinkhumbo continues to hog the limelight as she has been named the fifth joint netballer for the 2021 season in a Netball Scoop poll.

Netball Scoop looks at the top leagues in the world— including Suncorp Super Netball, ANZ Premiership and Vitality Superleague among others—before selecting outstanding players.

Vinkhumbo has been named the fifth best alongside Sam Wallace of Trinidad and Tobago.

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The Malawian, who joined Strathclyde Sirens, remained an epitome of modesty saying she was humbled to earn the recognition.

However, netballscoop.com wrote highly of Vinkhumbo.

“This selection may be a surprise to some, but also popular to many. Quite, simply, Malawian defender Towera Vinkhumbo had a brilliant year in the Vitality Netball Superleague in 2021.

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“This is remarkable, considering the fact that she was not even originally signed to Strathclyde Sirens. She only found her way into the squad after an ACL [anterior cruciate ligament] injury forced Van Zimbela to pull out. Vinkhumbo then went on to dominate the season in the defence and her form helped turn Sirens into a highly competitive team that consistently threatened most of the clubs,” netballscoop.com stated.

One of the judges Jenny Sinclair also spoke highly of Vinkhumbo.

“Selecting Towera Vinkhumbo as the world’s best player for 2021 might surprise some people but to me she was simply outstanding. She is one of the shortest goal keepers we have seen on the international circuit, and yet she was in superb form for the Strathclyde Sirens,” Sinclair said.

Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) Vice President Chimwemwe Bakali also congratulated the player.

“This is great news for the nation and netball in particular.

This speaks volume of what talent we have. This is also a source of inspiration to young and up-and-coming players.

The association conveys its congratulations to Towera. We take advantage of this to encourage all upcoming players to work hard, be focused and be patient,” Bakali said.

Australia-based Queens shooter Mwawi Kumwenda and former Nam general secretary Carol Bapu were notable netball figures that congratulated Vinkhumbo.

Meanwhile, Jamaican Jhaniele Fowler, who plays for West Coast Fever, was voted the best while New Zealand international Karin Burger of Tactix came second.

Courtney Bruce of Australia and Shamera Sterling of Jamaica were named joint third-best.

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