Top England netball outfit Manchester Thunder has offered lanky Queens goal shooter (GS) Joyce Mvula another season-long deal after being swayed with her performance in her maiden season.
But it is not rosy for her former club Blue Eagles Sisters who have been told the painful reality that they will get nothing from the deal.
Eagles Sisters chairperson Tedious Samveka confirmed the development in an interview yesterday.
“Well, the good news is that we have been informed by Thunder that they are extending her deal, but the sad part of it is that as a club, we are not going to get anything which we find to be very unfortunate,” he said.
Samveka said they are disappointed that they will not even get a developmental fee for the player to help in finding her replacement.
“I wish if NAM [Netball Association of Malawi] could find a way of taking up the matter with Thunder so that we get a little something out of the deal. Otherwise, it paints a gloomy picture as it is,” he said.
The Eagles Sisters chairperson said Thunder have only committed to give Mvula some equipment which she can donate to teams of her choice including her former team.
On her part, Mvula said she was excited with the development.
“That is what I had been looking forward to and I put in a lot of effort to make an impression.
“I look forward to a more successful season,” she said.
Capital Radio sports producer Madalitso Phiri described the deal as bitter-sweet, as it is good for the player and the nation, but not profitable for her former club.
“I think the effort that Eagles Sisters made to develop the player should have been taken into consideration and they needed some sort of compensation,” he said.
Mvula, who inspired Thunder to a third position finish in the Vitality Netball Super League (VNSL) last season, is expected to return to the United Kingdom early next year for the 2018 season.