First Lady Gertrude Mutharika has challenged the national netball team to approach her for resources, if the team is to succeed in international tournaments.
Mutharika—who welcomed the Queens at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe on Tuesday—said the team lacks resources, although she follows it faithfully.
“I promise you that I am ready to assist you meet your needs in any way I can. You are a pride to the nation and I am your great fun.
“Ask me for anything and I will assist,” said Mutharika, who escorted the team in a 28-vehicle parade filled with VVIP accolades to Ufulu Gardens where Airtel Malawi treated the heroines to a luncheon.
At the luncheon, Airtel Malawi spoiled the Queens more by awarding each member of the delegation with K100 000.
“You are our tower of excellence and we have to reward you despite finishing sixth globally. This is our way of inspiring you to greatness. We have faith in you that you will do much better next time,” said chief commercial officer at Airtel Malawi Charles Kamoto.
Airtel also gave the Queens 10 000 worth of airtime each.
Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) president Rosy Chinunda and Queens coach Peace Chawinga-Kalua expressed gratitude to government and Airtel for the support.
Chawinga-Kalua broke down in tears, saying she never expected such a welcome.
“Considering that we lost the fifth position and to receive such support is unbelievable. I am lost for words. Thank you Malawi,” said Chawinga.
The Queens finished sixth at the World Cup Games, which took place in Sydney.