Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) has announced that it will release its programme for preparations of the June, 2019 Netball World Cup competition, where the Malawi Queens will start their campaign against New Zealand.
NAM General Secretary Carol Bapu made the remarks as the Queens are tipped to start early preparations for the tournament.
The team’s local players are currently at an off-season break for about four months now after the end of the local league; Rainbow Paints, which Kukoma Diamonds were confirmed as champions.
Bapu told a leading Newspaper that:“We are on an off season break and the players need to rest and recover before we start preparations. Our season has run for almost 10 months and, if we are to get the best from the players, they need to recuperate fully.”
The report by the Paper continues to indicate that: “Bapu said Nam had finalised its budget and would soon be presenting it to the government for funding.
“The Queens are expected to use over K100 million for their preparations and participation at the global contest.”
Meanwhile, this comes at a time that the government through the Sports Ministry, assured NAM of total support in the preparations for the World Cup.
This was confirmed earlier in the week by Sports Minister Grace Obama Chiumia’s Principal Secretary Joseph Mwandira, who said: “The government is very much committed to assist the Malawi National Netball team and we will always be there for them.”
The World Cup will be played in Liverpool, England, from July 12th to 21st.