The Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) has admitted that the Queens coach Mary Waya will have a tough task replacing shooter Mwawi Kumwenda who has excused herself from the New Zealand bound squad.
NAM president Rosy Chinunda yesterday said Waya has limited time and options to replace Kumwenda who will miss the Fast5 world championship, claiming she is travelling to South Africa to see a dentist for a possible surgery.
“She has not communicated to us officially to the call up, but has withdrawn from the squad through the media that is why we will try to sit down with her,” Chinunda explained.
She added: “The squad leaves this Sunday and with Joyce Mvula on maternity leave, it is tough replacing Mwawi. Despite her trip to South Africa, we think there could be other underlying reasons relating to unpaid dues.”
Chinunda admitted that all Queens’ players are owed around K80 000 each from last year’s trip to New Zealand for a similar tournament.
Kumwenda posted on her Facebook account last week, comments suggesting that the players need their dues. The posting was followed by her withdrawal.
Kumwenda, who plays for Tactix in New Zealand, told The Nation last Wednesday that the trip to New Zealand has coincided with her appointment with a dentist in South Africa for a possible surgery.
“Much as I would love to be with the girls and contribute towards the success of the team, I won’t be able. I will be having an operation. However, I have faith that the girls will perform well. I wish them all the best so that they deliver,” Kumwenda told The Nation.