Malawi’s netball icon Mwawi Kumwenda has signed a contract with a top Australian sports management firm, Turning Point Management Limited.
According to the player’s cousin and former manager Hlupekire Chalamba, Turning Point has stepped in to help the gangly netballer find new revenue streams, negotiate her contracts and handle public relations matters. She said her new manager under the firm is Warren Graig.
“We have reached a point where Mwawi needs someone in the trade and on the ground to manage her. Someone relatively better informed and networked than I am, also note that the exigencies of my work, family and studies demanded that we take this route,” said Chalamba.
Mwawi confirmed the development in a separate interview, saying she believes Turning Point will help her reach her maximum potential.
“They [Turning Point] manage some of the top athletes in the world and I have the belief that it will be the turning point of my career,” she said.
Meanwhile, Kumwenda at the weekend failed to inspire her team, Mainland Tactix, to qualify for the ANZ Championship after going down 62-54 to Mystics in their last New Zealand Conference League match in Auckland.
The ANZ Championship is competed for by the top three teams in the New Zealand and Australian leagues and Kumwenda’s team needed to win the match to sail through. .
The tight goal-for-goal exchanges ended with the Mystics holding a narrow 15-14 lead at the first break.
“With a rise in intensity, the second stanza produced a bit of everything as the teams battled for ascendancy.
“It was the visitors who made the first move. Bailey Mes showed her athleticism on both attack and defence, winning turnover ball while combining in expert fashion with Mwawi Kumwenda under the Tactix hoop,” reads part of the match report.
Mystics led 29-28 at half-time and finished the third quarter with a flourish, leaving their mark after racing out to a 48-39 lead at the last break as the Tactix lost their shape.
Tactix are fourth from the bottom in the five-team league with five points just like table anchors Central Pulse.