By Leonard Tenson
Malawi netball player and Melbourne Vixens player Mwai Kumwenda finishes fourth as the 2020 world`s best netballer and first in Africa.
The 2020 Super Netball competition began with Mwai Kumwenda sharing court time with Melbourne Vixens’ other two shooters, Caitlin Thwaites and Tegan Philip.
Over the course of the season, she lifted her game to such a high level that come finals time, she was an indispensable and integral part of the premiership-winning team at goal shooter.
Her form peaked at season’s end with a masterful display in the grand final, where she shot 47/50.
Kumwenda has turned in many fine performances over the course of her netball career.
But it’s doubtful any of them were better than the show she put on in the SSN decider.
Her flexibility, poise and confidence saw her get the better of Australian goal keeper Courtney Bruce and deservedly take out the player of the match award.
2021 will bring new challenges. Thwaites and Philip have now retired, and Kumwenda will have to shoulder even more responsibility.
Lisa Alexander – “Mwai Kumwenda combined her technical prowess with complete understanding of her team and the game plan, culminating in a superb match in the Suncorp Super Netball grand final.”
Here is the top ten of worlds best netballers:
1 . Ameliaranne Ekenasio (NZ)
2 . Liz Watson (Aus)
3 . Jhaniele Fowler (Jam)
4 . Mwai Kumwenda (Mal)
5 . Caitlin Thwaites (Aus)
6 . Courtney Bruce (Aus) & Karla Pretorius (SA)
7 . Kate Moloney (Aus) & Jane Watson (NZ)
8 . Sulu Fitzpatrick (NZ), Jamie-Lee Price (Aus) & Shamera Sterling (Jam)
9. Laura Langman (NZ), Geva Mentor (Eng) & Jo Weston (Aus)
10.Karin Burger (NZ) & Maia Wilson (NZ)