Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) has assured Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) of funding for the Queens’ participation at Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England scheduled for July 12 to 21.
In an interview yesterday, MNCS acting executive secretary Henry Mereka said there is no need for NAM to panic over the UK trip funding.
“They will get the funding as planned. Sports Council met the NAM general secretary [Carol Bapu] today [yesterday] where we assured them that they will get the funding as it has always been the case,” he said.
But Mereka did not clarify whether they will leave tomorrow as initially scheduled.
“Government already released part of the funding and the rest will be done. It doesn’t make sense for the government to release part of the funding and not do the rest,” he said.
Meanwhile, Queens coach Griffin Saenda said the uncertainty surrounding the team’s departure will affect their plan.
“The training has been very good. We will have problems to select the squad for the competition.
“Whatever they are going to tell us now, we will have to see the way forward as far as the test matches are concerned,” he said.
Saenda also revealed that the squad is expected to be released tomorrow.
Malawi secured test matches against Scotland, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados from July 4 to 10, in preparation for the tournament.
Malawi will be without star player Mwawi Kumwenda who is injured.
But UK-based Joyce Mvula will join the squad in Liverpool.