Waya pleads for more friendlies


Malawi national netball team Head Coach, Mary Waya, has pleaded for more international friendly matches ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast City, Australia.
The Queens returned last Friday from England where they played three strength-testing matches against England’s Roses.
Despite losing all the three matches, Waya said she was happy with the team’s performance.
“Now that we are back home, we are asking Nam (Netball Association of Malawi) to ensure that they prepare more international friendlies for the team. We need to play teams like New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and others. We will need to test ourselves against these teams as they have proved to be hard nuts to crack,” Waya said.
The team’s Captain, Joanna Kachilika, concurred with her coach, but said, in the meantime, the team should prioritise working on weaknesses spotted in the England matches.
Nam General Secretary, Carol Bapu, said the association is already working on securing friendly matches to ensure that the Queens remain in shape for the Games.
“We are already planning to engage some big teams to help us prepare well. I cannot mention the teams at the moment because we are still negotiating [with them].
“But playing England was also part of engaging competitive teams for our Commonwealth Games preparations. So, we have started and we will keep the momentum,” Bapu said.

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