By Mphatso Malidadi:
Former Malawi national netball team Coach, Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa, has asked Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) to swallow its pride and take criticism positively if the Queens are to rediscover their form.
“It is very painful that the team we all sweated for to be in top-six has now fallen to position nine on the world rankings. Chances are that it might slip further if it performs poorly at the World Cup,” she said.
The First Choice Tigresses mentor said she had been forced to come out because it was unacceptable for the Queens to sink so low.
Decades ago, Malawi were ranked number five in the world out of 42 teams and one in Africa out of seven sides.
However, the latest International Netball Federation rankings have the Queens placed ninth in the world and third in Africa.
“The problem is that when we offer constructive criticism, they don’t listen because we didn’t support them during [Nam] elections. If they put their house in order and the Queens start performing well, it is Nam that will get the credit. They should be appointing people on merit instead of rewarding those who supported them during elections,” she said.
Chawinga-Kaluwa urged Nam to explore opportunities for the Queens to play test series rather than staying idle.
“The problem is that most people don’t know how the rankings work. If they knew, they could have accepted South Africa’s offer to take part in test series. If you lose to a top team in test series, it is better rather than staying idle. This is why Uganda accepted to go to South Africa and lose but they gained points which saw them gaining ground over Malawi.
“It is disappointing that Nam fails to host or have the Queens travel for test series against neighbouring countries such as Zimbabwe and Zambia just to be active,” she said.