The all-conquering queens of Malawi began a two-week camp in Blantyre on Tuesday in preparation for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games scheduled for July 28-August 8 in the United Kingdom (UK) thanks to official sponsors of the Malawi national netball team, FDH Bank.
Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) Secretary General Isaac Chimwala said the campsite was organized with the financial support of the national netball team’s official sponsors, FDH Bank.
Chimwala said, “FDH Bank has injected K15 million into the camp, whose two-week adjusted budget is K21 million.” NAM expresses its appreciation and gratitude to the bank for its financial support. We are also calling on other corporate entities to join our official sponsors in light of the reduced budget so that we can send a strong team to the Commonwealth Games.
“The team deserves support from all corners of the country to ensure a successful trip to the games.”
Meanwhile, 28 players have been called up for the Queens campsite with seven first-choice tigresses being the highest number.
The Tigresses players are Sindi Simtowe-Msowoya, Beauty Basiyawo, Laureen Ngwira, Tendai Masamba, Francine Chipeta, Flora Chipeta and Martha Dambo.
Kukoma Diamonds and Blue Eagles each provided five players. The Diamonds players are Caroline Mtukule-Ngwira, Bridget Kumwenda, Shabel Bengo, Shira Dimba, Jessica Sanudi while the Eagles players are Takondwa Lwazi-Mtonga, Madalitso Mkandawire, Molly Chisambiro, Chifuniro Moses and Maggie Sikwese.
Civonets have three players in the squad, namely Jane Chimaliro, Rose Mkanda and Mary Nyirenda. Imosys has Joana Kachilika, Lionne Thandie Galeta, Mafco has Brenda Luwanda, Shizaella Queens Florence Gamuka and Mzuzu Queens Hope Mdala complete the list.
Malawi netball exports Australian shooter Mwawi Kumwenda (Melbourne Vixens), British shooter Joyce Mvula (Manchester Thunder) and goalkeeper Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda (Strathclyde Sirens) have also been included.
Queens coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa said on Saturday she was happy to now be able to physically assess players after weeks of doing so online thanks to telecommunications service providers TNM plc, which provided players and to the data packet technical panel for the last six months.
The Queens campsite comes three months after the first physical sessions and weeks after the Commonwealth Games Association of Malawi (MCGA) blamed NAM and other disciplines for laxity ahead of global competition.
At present, the Queens are the only ones in Commonwealth Games Group B yet to have stepped up their preparations as Uganda, New Zealand, England, Trinidad and Tobago and Ireland du Nord have already reached their last squads of 18 players. .
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