Malawi Netball team, Queens, received K1.1 million from Kamuzu Academy’s 1980s cohort in appreciation of their impressive performance at the just-ended Netball Word Cup held in Liverpool, England, Malawi sports can reveal.
As per our source, the money was received yesterday by a presentation of a cheque at Sunbird Lilongwe.
William Nuka, the group’s representative said the money is a modest appreciation of the team’s performance at the tournament.
“With little resources, poor preparations but you defied the odds and reached position sixth from nine, competing against top teams who have all the resources [at their disposal]. That’s a great achievement worth rewarding,” he said.
Nuka said the K1.1 million was mobilized through a Whatsapp group which the former Kamuzu Academy students from the 1980s formed.
“It’s a group of over 200 members from across the globe. Some are in the US, South Africa, Japan, Malawi and others were there in the UK, cheering the team. We were all very wowed with the performance and decided to contribute something to motivate the players to do more.
Nuka further said that the money is for the players and technical committee to share, who was accompanied by seven other Kamuzu Academy students. He has since appealed to some companies and individuals to do something for the Queens.
“It is not a responsibility for the government only. We all must chip in something to motivate our girls to win the country trophies, “Nuka said.
Queens’s goal shooter Joyce Mvula, who was accompanied by Takondwa Lwazi, Jane Chimaliro and assistant coach White Mlilima, said they were grateful for the gift.
“Life is tough. As players we go through a lot of hardships and this money will go towards alleviating some of the problems we are facing. We really are thankful,” she said.
Mlilima also said the money will motivate the players to do much next time.
The Queens beat Barbados, Singapore, Northern Ireland, Uganda and Zimbabwe, but lost to Australia, Jamaica and New Zealand, who were crowned champions after beating Australia 52-51 in the final.