Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) new executive committee says it will follow up with Malawi National Council of Sports on the association’s request to hire a full-time Malawi Queens coach.
NAM general secretary Isaac Chimwala said in an interview yesterday the matter will be among the issues they will raise with Sports Council when they meet next week.
The request for a permanent Queens’ coach was made by the immediate-past NAM team led by Khungekile Matiya over a year ago, but there has been no significant progress since then.
Said Chimwala: “Currently, the national coaches are on running contracts with NAM and we want to go through them and see if there is room for improvement because they need to be motivated.
“We want to see if there can be a way to identify a corporate partner who can be responsible for the coach’s perks.
“But at the same time, when we meet with Sports Council, it is one of the items that we plan to raise.”
Ministry of Youth and Sports director of sports Jameson Ndalama is on record as having said that the issue is still being looked into by the Human Resource Department.
However, he could not tell the timeframe for the process.
But an inside source confided in The Nation that government is in dilemma on employing a permanent coach as the contract of the interim coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa, who is on NAM’s payroll, is still running.