Scotland-based Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda has been described as one of the underrated netballers in the world, according to a report released by Australian publication www.draftcentral.com.au on Wednesday.
The report states that the former Kukoma Diamonds player has made a name for her tenacity and defensive pressure.
Reads the report in part: “Although it has been a difficult start to her VNSL campaign given the Covid-19 pandemic, Vinkhumbo has taken everything in her stride, leaving no stone unturned each time she steps out on court.
“Still developing her craft at the elite level the Malawian defender is not afraid to use her body to claim prime position under the post to suffocate the attacking movements of her opponent.”
The publication said Vinkhumbo is a versatile player who can switch between goal-keeper and goal-defence
“Deceptively quick on her feet, Vinkhumbo is able to shut down the space in the blink of an eye and pick off passes to propel the ball back down the court. She is a force to be reckoned with through transition, able to flick the switch and bring the ball down the court with great ease and pace to allow her attackers a chance to score,” reads the report.
It stated that she is overshadowed by exploits of her compatriots Manchester Thunder’s Joyce Mvula and Melbourne Vixens shooter Mwawi Kumwenda who are in the limelight.
In an interview yesterday, Vinkhumbo, who has joined Strathclyde Sirens in the Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) after the expiry of her one-year contract with London Pulse, said she was humbled.
“It’s a motivation to me that there are other people out there who see the potential in me. This is encouraging. I am so happy for this,” she said.
Malawi national netball team coach Peace Chawinga said she is not surprised that Vinkhumbo has been recognised as one of the best players in the world.
She said: “Those who underrated Vinkhumbo do so because they don’t her. She is one of the best disciplined and patriotic players. Always willing to learn.
“Änd I believe she will go far in her career because she is focused and knows what she wants.”