Australia-based Malawi Queens star Mwawi Kumwenda’s anticipated return to the Queens is in doubt due to travel restrictions amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Queens are scheduled to travel to South Africa for three test series against their continental rivals Spar Proteas between November 23 and 30.
The 31-year-old gangly shooter, who inspired her team Melbourne Vixens to the Suncorp Netball championship last week, has not played for the Queens for over two years now.
In an interview on the prospects of her availability for the test matches, Mwawi said: “I have no information on that [the games] for now.
“And with the travel restrictions, I am not sure yet about my availability as Melbourne is still under lockdown on airports.”
She last featured for the in April 2018 at the Commonwealth Games where she retained the top scorer accolade.
Netball Association of Malawi general secretary Carol Bapu said much as they would love to have Mwawi in the squad, her availability looks uncertain.
“We realise that she would love to be part of the team, unfortunately the situation is beyond her control and there is little that can be done about it
“The pandemic has affected every aspect of life and sport has not been spared.
Meawhile, Bapu has said the Queens are scheduled to go into camp in Blantyre this weekend in preparation for the test matches.
“The coaches are finalising the call-up and it should be ready within the next few days,” she said.
Last month, Mwawi said she relishes a return to the Queens.
“It has indeed been a long time since I last played for the Queens and I really miss such moments.
“I am a Malawian queen and will always be. I would love to continue representing my country. It’s always an honour,” she said.