Former Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) vice-president Ethel Phwitiko Muphuwa has joined the race to reclaim her position at the forthcoming NAM elections.
Muphuwa, who served in NAM committee from 2007-2010, is expected to face incumbent Henry Kamata at the Saturday polls.
Muphuwa, a civil servant in the Ministry of Health, said she decided to contest after receiving overwhelming support from the netball fraternity in the Central Region.
She said women in the region want a fellow woman in NAM executive committee.
“Netball is a women’s sport and it is only proper that women serve in the executive committee. That is the general feeling out there. Women issues must be addressed by women themselves and not men,” said Muphuwa.
She said once elected, she wants to ensure that netball players get the best education.
“My priority will be to find scholarships for as many players as possible so that our players are educated. With education, we can excel in netball. Players need to have professional qualifications to fall back on when their playing days are over,” said Muphuwa.
She has also pledged to find sponsorship for the Central Region Netball League which has had no sponsor for the past three years.
“I have just moved to Lilongwe from Blantyre and I will make it a point to find sponsorship for the league. It’s pathetic that girls here play social netball instead of treating the sport as a career. I will work to change all that,” said Muphuwa.