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Under-21 Queens coach faces daunting task

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Malawi under-21 national netball team coach, Christina Mkwanda has said it will be difficult to build a formidable side ahead of next year’s World Cup.

Mkwanda fears the suspension of sporting activities due to Covid-19 pandemic will have a negative effect on the players.

“We should bear in mind that sporting activities were suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. As such it is hard for the players to train individually at home. They can be training but without commitment as there is no competition or other incentives to inspire them. Serious training also requires guidelines and mentors,” she said.

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The Thunder Queens coach suggested for developmental tournaments to help her assess and scout players.

“When the sporting ban is lifted I will request for a developmental tournament to identify players. I am saying this because it is now tricky as we don’t know the current state of our players whom we had earmarked for world championship,” said the coach who also guided Malawi under-20 national netball team coach to Region 5 Games glory in 2018.

The junior Queens were due to compete in a qualifying championship but it was postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic. Following the postponement, Malawi under-21 side qualified for the world showpiece by virtue of senior side’s sixth rank.

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