Malawi national netball team shooter, Mwawi Kumwenda based in Australia has released a statement presiding herself out of the Netball World Cup.
Kumwenda is recovering from ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and she will not play for national team following her doctors’ advice.
Mwawi doctor advices her that she should not play netball for one year.
“l am not even participating in the upcoming season for my team Melbourne Vixens which will start on 27th April, 2019 due to the above stated reason,” Mwawi says in a statement released through her manager and legal advisor Hlupikire Chalamba.
Mwawi expressed her sadness as she will not be able to defend the best player accolade.
“I feel sad that I will not be able to represent my beloved country and of course defend my trophy. Remember l was the best player during the previous world cup tournament. I wish the girls all the best and believe they will do much better.
“They need to do a lot of training and build self confidence in order to bring the trophy home. I will be cheering them on TV all the time,” says the Melbourne Vixens shooter.
Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) General Secretary, Carol Bapu said that it was difficult to confirm if Mwawi would be available for the World Cup or not as they were unable to get feedback on their queries.
“I cannot comment on that issue now because we haven’t heard anything from her and her manager despite contacting them. I will only be able to comment after I get feedback from them,” she said.
Meanwhile, the tournament will be held from July 12 to 21 at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England.