Australia-based netball star Mwawi Kumwenda says she is nervous ahead of her return to competitive action today after a year.
Her team Melbourne Vixens takes to the court against Collingwood Magpies as Suncorp Super Netball (DDN) League throw off after being delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In an interview yesterday, the gangly goal shooter said: “We have not played competitive netball since August last year and while I am excited, I am nervous at the same time.
“Nevertheless, I can’t wait. I have been training hard for a long time and as a team, we are ready.”
The seasoned Malawi Queens prolific shooter’s team recently relocated to Sydney where they were in isolation for two weeks because their base Melbourne, has registered a high number of Covid-19 cases.
“Basically, we will be away for a maximum of nine weeks and hopefully things will be better there,” she said.
I missed netball quite a lot.
“I have been working hard in training and it all looks good,” she said.
A devastating knee injury in the second last round of 2018 saw her season end early and only bounced back towards the end of the season last year..
Recovering from a knee reconstruction, Kumwenda sat the majority of the 2019 SSN season out, before making a triumphant return to the court in Round 10.
A fan-favourite, Kumwenda’s flair, athleticism and excitement adds an extra element to the Vixens’ goal circle.
Kumwenda’s international career spans over 65 tests, including the 2015 Netball World Cup, in which she was named Player of the Tournament, and a third-place in the 2016 Fast5 World Series.