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Queens demand unpaid bonuses

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Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) has been thrown into fresh turmoil following revelations that it is yet to pay game bonuses to the Malawi National Netball Team players amounting to about K4.8 million, Times Sport has learnt.

Three Queens players confided in Times Sport that they were yet to receive their game bonuses for taking part in the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games and Africa Zone Netball World Cup qualifiers.

However, the trio speaking in separate interviews, stated that they were only paid their external allowances.

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According to the trio, each player is owed K150,000 for being part of the team during the Commonwealth Games and a further K250,000 for participating in the World Cup qualifying tournament.

“We have been quiet as agreed but something is wrong. We were promised that we would receive our money by early October but that did not happen. In fact, the initial promise was that we were to get our dues before the end of September,” she said.

Another player said they opt to use the media as Nam’s leadership ignores their calls.

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“The officials do not want to take responsibility. They shun us whenever we contact them. However, whenever the issue is in the media, they start cooperating and working.

“Of course, some of us did not want the issue to go to the media. We tend to betray each other whenever we are summoned because some players have connections with executive members,” she said.

Nam Vice President Chimwemwe Bakali said it was a sad development.

“I wouldn’t wish this story to appear in the papers. Even though they have not been paid, it doesn’t mean that they will not be paid,” he said.

The development comes after some local analysts faulted Nam for its failure to source K80 million funding to enable the Queens to participate in the Diamond Challenge in South Africa from November 18 to 19.

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