Netball South Africa (NSA) has confirmed that it might give consideration to foreign players, including Malawians, when its National Professional League (NPL) rolls off later in the year.
NSA vice-president Blanche de la Guerre commented on the foreign players when Weekend Nation inquired about the progress of the league which South Africa sports minister Fikile Mbalula launched last year on the sidelines of the Diamond Challenge that involved Malawi.
“We are going to make provision for African players to form part of the team,” Guerre said in a response to a questionnaire on Wednesday.
After the Diamond Challenge, NSA president Mimi Mthethwa hinted that they would invite some foreign players such as Australia-based Mwawi Kumwenda for the league’s clubs.
The league targets at creating jobs for netballers to play in some 10 clubs whose boards are being set up, according to Guerre. The news of the league excited Malawian players such as Caroline Mtukule Ngwira.
Netball Association of Malawi general secretary Helene Mpinganjira on Tuesday said they were yet to get updates from their South African counterparts on the prospects of Malawian players seeking greener pastures across the Limpopo River.