Netball icon Mwawi Kumwenda’s former New Zealand club, Mainland Tactix, have disclosed that they tried to persuade the goal shooter to stay put with the team.
Mwawi quit Tactix a few months ago to join Australian club Melbourne Vixens.
Tactix chief executive officer Brigit Hearn said they tried to counter-offer Vixens’ package so she could remain with the club.
“[When] I got an email that she [Kumwenda] won’t be coming back, we made some substantial offers, but she refused. I imagine it’s a significant package no New Zealand franchise would have been able to compete with.
“We did everything within our power to keep her, but it just did not happen,” said Hearn in an interview with New Zealand publication StuffSport.
Kumwenda got multiple offers from Australian sides and eventually signed for Vixens.
She was in hot demand after being named most valuable player (MVP) at last year’s World Cup and impressing with the Tactix.
Her departure comes hot on the heels of another top shooter Bailey Mes re-joining her hometown Northern Mystics after two years in the red-and-black dress.
Mwawi, 26, spent three years in Melbourne after shifting to Australia in 2011.
“It’s always sad to leave a team that you played for three seasons. But I have to rise and grab new opportunities. I always thank God for what He is doing in my life,” said Mwawi in an interview from Sydney.n