Mwai Kimwena, Australia-based Malawian shooter finally returned to action for Melbourne Vixens in a game against West Coast Fever on Sunday, a year after rapturing her anterior cruciate ligament,Malawi sport has the story.
She contributed three baskets in the last three minutes she played as her team beat West Coast fever 64-61.
Kumwenda, said she was happy to be given the run late in the game as she took to her Facebook page saying: “the best three minutes of my life! Go Vixens.”
According to sources part of the report reads:
“Goal keeper Emily Mannix was named player-of-the-match for her work against Fever spearhead Jhaniele Fowler, and shooters Caitlin Thwaites [32/33] and Tegan Philip [29/32] excelled in an attack end that also featured a late cameo from Mwawi Kumwenda in her return from a ruptured ACL.
In the third Quarter the Fever claimed 15-12 and Head Coach Simone McKinnis said the ability to execute across the full 60 minutes was still being sought.
But the feel-good element of a successful afternoon was the return of mwai, who was injured in Perth against the same opponent 12 months ago.
Report from the source, further reports that the Malawi netball icon waved to the crowd upon her introduction with just over four minutes remaining and pulled out in a high-ball straight away before converting the first of her three goals.
“You have no idea how nervous she was. Everyone was so excited for her and even though it’s only a couple of minutes, it’s a big step for her,’’ McKinnis said.
Kumwenda was initially named in the team’s squad for the game against Adelaide Thunderbirds the previous weekend, but sat out on the bench.
Vixens lie third with 61 points, one behind Lightening and four behind league leaders Swifts in the eight-team league.