Airtel Malawi, official sponsors of the Malawi Netball team, the Queens, have said they are worried with the continued wrangles involving Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) and some members of the team.
Airtel concerns follow misunderstanding that arose between the Queens coach Peace Chawinga-Kalua and NAM over squad selection.
Speaking at Chileka International Airport in Blantyre on Wednesday where they went to see off the Queens, Airtel’s corporate communications manager Edith Tsilizani described the development as worrisome.
Recently, NAM was also embroiled in a protracted wrangle with New Zealand-based goal shooter Mwawi Kumwenda.
Chawinga-Kalua accused NAM of interfering in the selection of the final squad for the World Cup.
“It is a cause of concern. It is not good that we should be hearing of wrangles at a time when focus should be on the forthcoming big tournament. This is a worrisome scenario,” said Tsilizani.
She then appealed to NAM to put their house in order if the team is to do well at the World Cup.
“Unity with one purpose is so important. The country is anxiously waiting for the team to break into the top four and for that to happen, there is need for unity.”
But NAM president, Rosy Chinunda, who accompanied the team to Sydney, Australia, said as far as she is concerned, “nothing was wrong on the squad selection”.
“I cannot say something was wrong because it was a disagreement on two players. As far as we are concerned, everything is in order. You need to know that we did not just come up with the move [to replace Ellen Chiboko with Jean Chimaliro]. It was a decision that was made after thorough consultation.”