Malawians government officials have perfected the art of opportunism in as far as associating with success especially in sport.
Just two weeks ago, newspapers were awash with stories on how the Malawi Queens struggled with their preparations ahead of the recent Fast5 World Netball Series.
This was a competition at which they defied all odds to grab bronze after humiliating big names such as England, Jamaica and South Africa, thanks to the magical hands of shooter, Mwawi Kumwenda who became top scorer of the tournament.
It is unfortunate that the Queens lacked basic resources in their preparations and to make matters worse, government officials expressed ignorance that the team was in camp preparing for such a high-profile tournament.
It is fact the no national team can go into camp without the knowledge or approval of the government arm, Malawi National Council of Sports, unless the organisation is led by visionless people.
Such reactions from top government officials sent shock waves to some sports pundits who were left wondering how the government could miss such an important activity when one of their core duties is to look after the welfare of the national teams.
For some of us who have spent almost 65 percent of our lives in these trenches reporting about sports, we know that government has not been committed to support sports in the country, but whenever the team achieves good results they want to get a credit.
A good example is how the Malawi Queens were treated before the Fast5 World Netball Challenge. It is annoying that after failing to support the team in its preparations, top government officials want to get credit for its success.
Some top government officials in their khonde tailored suits rushed to Kamuzu International Airport to give the rejected stones a warm welcome as they arrived from Australia. This was a clear sign of opportunism.
And for the President and First Lady to send their congratulatory messages and promise the Queens to a luncheon is unheard of.
And for Ministry of Sports to claim that Netball Association of Malawi does not give them their plans for the teams’ preparations and participation in international competition is utter rubbish.
With such lopsided reasoning and lies failure has become part of this country’s DNA.
The Queens could have been more appreciative if they were supported in their preparations than inviting them to eat rice and beef with a bottle of Coca-Cola, a menu they can easily afford at their houses.
Why should the government party with the Queens when it had no much stakes in this success? For sure that party cannot cheer the Queens.
Lest we forget that it is the same regime that has been making a dozen of unfulfilled promises to the netball fraternity, like building an ultra-modern netball court.
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