Australia-based netballer Mwawi Kumwenda has reached another milestone after being named among the 2020 world’s best four players.
The top-notch shooter made the cut on fourth position with 13 points, alongside her Melbourne Vixens teammate Liz Watson on second with 30 points, Jamaican Jhaniele Fowler of West Coast Fever on third with 29 points and NewZelands’sCentral Pulse’s Ameliaranne Ekenasio, the only player not from an Australian club being the top ranked player with 31 points.
According to a report on www.netballscoop.com, Kumwenda was picked for inspiring her team to the first Surncop Netball Grand final victory.
Reads the report in part: “Mwawi Kumwenda combined her technical prowess with complete understanding of her team and the game plan, culminating in a superb match in the Suncorp Super Netball grand final.”
In an interview yesterday, Kumwenda, who is in the country on off-season, said she is humbled.
“I feel honoured to be one of the best players in the world. And coming from a huge injury and to be among the best is a motivation to work hard,” she said.
Kumwenda also attributed the award to divine intervention, saying: “Above all, thanks to Almighty God for this amazing talent.”
Netball Association of Malawi general secretary Carol Bapu described her feat as good news for Malawi.
She said: “Mwawi’s latest feat means that Malawi netball has global appeal, as such we hope for more of our players exposure.
“The fact that she comes from this country, people might want to know more about this country.
“Countries where netball is played at elite level will have interest in recruiting Malawian players. In so doing, the sport will continue to survive.”