The Presidential Initiative for Sports (PIS) netball national phase has been shifted to next week from this weekend due to the untimely death of Connis Mhone.
Mhone was well known for her passion and enthusiasm towards netball. Mhone rose to prominence as a netball player in several local clubs but mostly in the Malawi national team, the Queens.
She was part and partial of the team that first broke into the top five of world netball at Birmingham in the United Kingdom in 1995 where the Queens finished on 8th position. Recently, she was a coach for Central Region power house Civo nets in Lilongwe in addition to her role as coach for Malawi under 21 national netball team.
Netball Association of Malawi General Secretary, Carol Bapu, says the rescheduling has been put in place as a way of honoring the fallen legend.
Bapu has confirmed that the games scheduled for this weekend have been pushed to next week between 21st and 23rd January 2016.
Bapu describes Mhone’s death as a blow to the netball fraternity which has left a very big vacuum to be filled. She goes further to praise Mhone for her passion in netball, “She was indeed a legend. She was passionate about playing, umpiring and coaching netball ” said Bapu.
Connis Mhone, aged 47, died on Monday at the Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe after succumbing to cervical cancer, confirmed her family.
Mhone’s sister, Temweka Kazembe said that Mhone was diagnosed with the disease some time back and was expected to travel for chemotherapy in India before her condition deteriorated.
Mhone, who is survived by two children, will be buried at her home in Chikwina Village, Sub-Traditional Authority Nyaluwanga in Nkhata Bay district.