Malawi Queens head coach designate Peace Chawinga-Kalua has said apart from a few crucial areas that require discussions with the Netball Association of Malawi (NAM), she is set to accept the offer.
But her prospective assistant and immediate past coach Mary Waya said she could not comment on her demotion as she is yet to get the offer letter.
Speaking in an interview with the Weekend Nation yesterday morning, Chawinga-Kalua, who two years ago turned down the position of assistant coach, said she is still going through the offer letter.
“This time around, I would say most of the concerns I had as regards the previous offer, have been addressed.
“However, there are just a few crucial aspects that require discussions [with NAM], there are critical areas that need clarification. Otherwise, I am game,” said the Complex Tigresses coach.
On her part, Waya said she could not react to her demotion as she was yet to get official communication from NAM.
“I have just heard that NAM has written me an offer letter, but I am yet to get it and I am afraid I cannot comment until I go through it,” she said.
Asked how she felt when she first heard about her demotion, Waya said: “Aaaaahh…I was startled, but as I said, I cannot explain my position until I get the letter.”
However, this was in contrast to what NAM general secretary Carol Bapu told the Weekend Nation that both coaches were in receipt of the letters.
“We sent them on Wednesday and they are in receipt of the letters,” she said.
Bapu could also not explain why NAM did not make an effort to brief Waya, out of courtesy, about her demotion and the reasons.
“No, we did not consider that, suffice to say the determination was made after thoroughly scrutinising their performance at club level, “ said the NAM GS.
Asked whether in such circumstances they expect Waya to accept the demotion, Bapu said: “I don’t know, I cannot say.”
NAM, has once again offered the coaches part-time contracts due to tight budgetary constraints and they will still not be on salary, but Bapu could not be drawn to comment on whether the daily training allowances have been revised.
“I cannot discuss that with the media,” she said.
In the previous deal, Waya was entitled to K1 500 daily training allowance as head coach and usually, the Queens do not camp for more than two weeks, translating to K21 000 on average. She was also entitled to $75 (about K32 000) daily foreign travel allowance.
The two netball legends have been given 10 days from last Thursday to respond to the offers.