Sports and Culture Minister Grace Chiumia scolded the Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) over petty fights with players.
Chiumia made the scathing remarks during a luncheon to welcome the national netball team at Ufulu Gardens in Lilongwe.
“I warn you against getting into personal fights will players as this is shameful and not good for the development of the sport,” said Chiumia.
She referred to the protracted war involving Mwawi Kumwenda and NAM.
She then advised NAM’s hierarchy to take a parental role when dealing with players.
“I advise you to treat players like your children and avoid confrontation, especially in the media. It is demoralising to the players and this also dilutes the respect people have for NAM,” said Chiumia.
NAM president Rosy Chinunda, who had special praise for Kumwenda, said time for confrontation is over.
“That is water under the bridge. We will be sorting issues like a family. I have to say all the girls did well. But I thank Mwawi for being the best in the world. It is a great honour to the country,” said Chinunda.
She also said her organisation will not interfere with the work of the technical panel such as imposing players in future.
The Queens finished sixth at the World Cup Games, which took place in Sydney, Australia.
But they received VVIP treatment on arrival yesterday with First Lady Gertrude Mutharika welcoming them at the airport and escorting them to Ufulu Gardens where Airtel Malawi treated them to a luncheon.