Former Malawi Netball Queens star Emma Mdzagada is battling for life at her home in Chilomoni Township, Blantyre.
During her peak, she was a darling to many as a shooter for several teams including MTL Queens (now Thunder Queens).
She established herself before earning a place in the national team.
Today Mdzagada is not well. She has been ill since 2009 when she started experience pains in her legs.
And later she started experiencing back pains until she was told that there was need for an operation.
“It was during this time when I was referred to Dr Nyengo Mkandawire that one of my legs developed another problem. I had to go for an operation which established that there was a hole inside,” Mdzagada explained.
She added that despite undergoing the operation things have not changed.
“I have tried to reach out to Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) to assist but they have not responded,” she said.
Nam General Secretary, Carol Bapu, declined to comment.
Further asked whether Nam was aware of Mdzagada’s illness, Bapu maintained that she had no comment.
Meanwhile, Chilomoni social football teams – Pamgodi, The Boys and Chilomoni Socials on Sunday cheered the ailing Mdzagada.
Although the three teams are bitter rivals during their social games, they united to donate assorted grocery items to the Queens’ legend.
“Having read in the press about the sickness of Mdzagada, we thought we should help,” Foster Bulla, Chilomoni Socials’ player said.
“We had time to chat with her and she shared with us so many stories. She is the bread winner and now that she is ill, she needs help. I just want to call upon Netball Association of Malawi and other well-wishers to help her.”
Despite being in pain and struggling to sit upright, Mdzagada shared memories of her netball career.
Her journey in netball started with City of Blantyre before moving to Produsak then Whitex.
She later joined Silver Strikers, before moving to Postnet which was renamed MTL Queens and now Thunder Queens. Mdzagada played for Thunder until 2010.
She started playing for the national team in 1995, travelling to many countries. Her last outing was in Manchester, England in 2009.