Malawi Junior Queens have paid dearly for their failure to participate in the World Youth Netball Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, last month.
Mwawi, who has signed a one-year contract with top New Zealand side Tactix, told The Nation upon her arrival for an off-season break few days ago that the Victorian Netball League (VNL) side wanted another youthful shooter from Malawi to replace her.
“They were keen on signing another Malawian player, but when they realised that the Junior Queens could not participate in the Youth Championships they changed their plans.
“But there is still hope for Malawian players in Australia due to my exploits there,” said the 23-year-old, who has made history by becoming the first foreign netballer to win the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in Australia.
Waves spotted the gangling Malawi Queens’ shooter during a similar competition in Cook Islands in 2009.
The Junior Queens could not participate in the 2013 World Youth Championships because they could not source the required K20 million registration fee on time, according to Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) president Rosy Chinunda.
Namibia replaced the Junior Queens’ at the event.
New Zealand’s Silver Ferns became the eventual champions of the contest on September 1 after defeating the defending champions Australia’s Diamonds 52-47.
Jamaica won bronze after beating England 52-33.