The International Netball Federation (INF) has picked Mary Waya to train over 100 Ethiopian netball coaches in Addis Ababa from February 22 to March 1.
The legendary former Malawi Queens shooter told The Nation on Tuesday that she is scheduled to fly to Ethiopiathis Friday along with a Namibian, who will impart umpiring skills to the netball coaches.
Netball has just been introduced in Ethiopia and Waya will train the first crop of netball coaches who will take charge of netball clubs expected to participate in the forthcoming Ethiopian Netball League.
INF, through its development office in Namibia, has paid for Waya’s travel expenses.
“It is an honour to be considered for such training by the world netball body,” Waya said.
Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) president Rosy Chinunda confirmed that the INF settled for Waya due to her impressive performance during last trainer of trainers conference in South Africa and her remarkable achievement with the Tanzania national team in 2012.
Waya guided Tanzania to win their first-ever netball trophy when they triumphed 45-38 over Malaysia at the Nations Netball Cup finals in Singapore.
“This is another milestone for Malawi netball. It is not easy to attract the interest of INF and get invited to train coaches, especially in a country where the sport has just been introduced. INF has done everything for her travel and they just notified us about her trip. We wish her all the best,” Chinunda said.