President Peter Mutharika has pledged to look into the challenges facing netball.
The President made the commitment when he hosted the Malawi Queens to a luncheon at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre on Monday to congratulate them for their historic third-place finish at the 2016 Fast5 World
Mutharika was reacting to Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) president Rosy Chinunda’s remarks that despite the Queens’ good performance, the sport is facing a number of challenges especially limited funding and lack of proper facilities.
“I have heard the issues you have raised and I will take them up with the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development to see what can be done,” he said.
The President, who was in the company of the First Lady Gertrude Mutharika, who is also the Queens’ patron, said he was pleased to host the Queens after their defining accomplishment at the tournament.
“Personally, I am very excited and I feel greatly honoured and I would like to thank you for making Malawi proud.
“[Your achievement has given us global visibility and we are proud of you,” he said. The president gave each of the 16-member delegation that travelled to Melbourne K300 000 and a hamper.