Malawi Queens and Blue Eagles Sisters star Takondwa Lwazi made headlines at the East African Club Netball Championships in Kampala, Uganda on Saturday when she emerged as the competition’s best centre court player.
The Malawi international, who is also brand ambassador for Lilongwe Health Clinic’s campaign to combat cervical cancer, played for Tanzania Immigration team, which signed her on loan for the international event alongside her teammate Joyce Mvula and Thunder Queens’ defender Joana Kachilika.
The Tanzanian Immigration side took the third position in the 12-team tournament after they narrowly lost 35-37 in the semi-final against a strong and disciplined team from the host country.
“I can confirm that indeed Lwazi has emerged best centre of the tournament in Uganda. We are proud of her achievement,” said Blue Eagles Sisters coach Sam Kanyenda.
Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) general secretary Carol Bapu said they are happy to learn about Lwazi’s success and the other two Malawian players’ exploits in Uganda.
“This will not only put the country on the international map but also help Malawian players gain exposure, especially at top clubs in the eastern African region,” she said.
This is not the first time that Malawi netball players have been loaned out to Tanzanian clubs for prestigious international club competitions.
In March last year, Thunder Queens players, Kachilika, Martha Dambo and Sherati Kaiche went to the neighbouring country alongside then Malawi Queens coach Mary Waya to help Tanzanian side Uhamiaj Sports Club.