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U-21 netball team needs K80 million

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Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) has budgeted K80 million for Malawi Under-21 national netball team’s participation in the Africa Netball World Youth Cup qualifier in Gaborone, Botswana from July 23 to 30.

Nam General Secretary, Carol Bapu, said the budget caters for the team’s accommodation, air tickets, food and allowances.

She said Nam was optimistic that stakeholders, including government, would assist the association to enable the junior Queens compete in the qualifying tournament.

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“The Africa Youth Championship is important as it will help us nurture young players to be ready for the senior team. All the players we are celebrating now passed through this route. So, it is important to put youngsters on the same route,” Bapu said.

She was referring to New Zealand-based shooter, Mwawi Kumwenda, Sindie Simtowe, Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda, Carol Mtukule-Ngwira, Lauren Ngwira and Thandie Galeta, who used to play in the youth side.

The Nam GS said details concerning camping would be released later after consultation with the technical panel.

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Recently, Bapu told the media that the technical panel was scouting for players in the just-ended Airtel Money National Netball Trophy.

Malawi Under-21 team last participated in the World Youth Championship in 2009 when it was held in Cook Islands, where it emerged fifth. Australia Under-21 won the championship.

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