Malawi national netball team, the Queens have arrived back home from Melbourne, Australia and have brought a bronze medal after finishing on third position at the World Netball Fast 5 series.
High profile faces Welcomed the Queens at Kamuzu International (Kia) among them were officials from Ministry of Youth, Labour, Sports and Manpower Development led by director of sports Jameson Ndalama, Sports Council and Netball Association of Malawi officials and Queens sponsors Airtel Malawi.
Addressing the Queens at the airport, Ndalama conveyed a congratulatory message from the Minister to the Queens for going beyond expectations by breaking into the top three .
“When Airtel was presenting a K14.4m cheque to the Queens ahead of the trip, we set you a target to break into the top four but you have challenged us by bringing bronze. This is no mean achievement and we are proud of you,” said Ndalama.
Airtel Malawi marketing manager Emmanuel Kasambara expressed happiness that the K360m investment by the company into netball was now bearing fruits.
“Netball is the only key sport that has put Malawi on the world map. There is so much potential in netball and we don’t see anything that can stop you from becoming world champions.
Leader of the Queens delegation Chimwemwe Kachingwe and team captain Grace Mwafulirwa Mhango hailed government and Airtel for the support rendered to the Queens and the warm reception.
After the airport reception, Queens were driven in an open double dec bus to Capita Hotel, where they were treated to a luncheon by Airtel.
At the luncheon, Airtel Malawi managing director Charles Kamoto announced a K6m bonus to the Queens for breaking into the top three.