Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) are now financially stable as they have secured K18 million shortfall in their traveling budget .The development means that Malawi National Netball Team’s trip to Australia for Fast5 Netball World Series is on.
The Queens are expected to leave for Australia today ahead of the two-day six-nation tournament to be staged at Hisense Arena, Melbourne from Friday.
Nam General Secretary, Carol Bapu, yesterday was elusive on the identity on the well-wisher.
“Who told you that the team will travel with inadequate funds? We have been well supported and we have secured funding,” Bapu said.
Meanwhile, the Queens’ Assistant Coach, Sam Kanyenda, said the technical panel was confident in the players selected for the trip.
“We believe in these players. The selection exercise was tough. We need speed and endurance. We have to move quickly when attacking and recover on time when defending,” he said
In final squad set to travel to Melbourne, among those missing on the travelling list is injured Tigresses duo of shooter Sindi Simtowe and centre Beatrice Mpinganjira.
Simtowe who has been on and off during the team’s training sessions is not a surprise ommission following a nasty injury she suffered during Tigress Rainbow paints game against Shizaella a couple of weeks ago.
Instead, the new Queens Coach has opted for Kukoma Diamond’s Jessie Mazengera Sanudi who will likely partner Simtowe’s long time Queens partner Mwai Kumwenda.
Saenda has also given Thunder Queens centre Thandi Galeta Saenda a nod ahead of Mpinganjira who has been on and off for the Queens of late. Blue eagle’s duo of centre Takondwa “Bonzo” Lwazi and shooter Joyce Mvula also makes it into the final squad.
Final squad ;Mwayi Kumwenda, Joyce Mvula, Jane Chimaliro, Jessie Mazengera Sanudi, Bridget Kumwenda, Takondwa Lwazi, Thandie Galeta, Joanna Kachilika, Grace Mwafulirwa and Towera Vinkhumbo.
The Queens received K14.4 million from Airtel Malawi, Illovo Sugar contributed K2 million with Old Mutual and Unicaf University donating K500,000 and K700,000, respectively for this trip to happen.