Dowa, : Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) officials have been told to be proactive in the way they are running the Association as evidence by poor showing of the Malawi National Netball team the Queens recently.
Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, Francis Kasaila made the observation Sunday during the launch 2018 Mpico Gateway Netball Challenge at Mponela in Dowa.
He said some NAM officials are only interested on foreign trips and this must stop immediately.
Kasaila said NAM official are there to work for the betterment of the development of the country’s netball not personal gains.
They will even haunt to find the phone number for the minister if funding for the foreign trip is not forthcoming because they are interested party. They will even go to radios and television stations to complain that funds for their trip is not forthcoming or it’s inadequate yet they have contributed nothing to the cause, the Minister stated.
He believes that NAM has a greater responsibility of shaping the development of netball in the country by providing technical experts by engaging rightful people to drill youngster how to shoot and know new laws of the game instead of just waiting for foreign trips.
I was with them in Gold coast, Australia, I was embarrassed to see that we were technically poor in terms of shaping our team but people from other countries were encouraging us to do more because we had good quality players who can offer a big challenge to other teams. We can do better on this one and NAM need to jack up, Kasaila explained.
He said the issue of netballers welfare is taking time for NAM top come up with ways and means on how to address it but they are just looking forward as to when is the foreign trip.
‘Am told some Sports Associations are refusing to remit some gate collects toe be use for players welfare.it sadden me to see a player who made positive contribution to the nation struggling to get proper medical care and start begging for help from well-wishers yet his or her association is there.
He said sport association need to put player’s welfare as number priority in address their issues so that younger boys and girls should views sports as an opportunity to showcase their talent not a hindrance to their progression in life.
Kasaila expressed concern that no NAM officials have never come to his office to discuss issues relating to the development of netball in the country but they are expecting to get support from the Ministry always without presenting their issues.
Sales and Marketing Manager for Mpico, Ellen Nyasulu called on the Central Region Netball Committee to work together as a team to ensure proper coordination of the tournament.
We want to have a violence free competition in 2018 as it has been in the past two years. We need to identify new talents from the tournament which can be called for national duties in the near future, she hoped.
Nyasulu said her organization has shown its commitment by raising the prize money from K25 million last year to K35 million this year.
She said this is to affirm their commitment of the corporate investment by encouraging girls and women to use sports as a tool top contribute to national development.
The 2018 Mpico Gateway Netball Challenge has attracted 168 team from 107 last year which represents a 36 per cent in terms of registration.
The Netball is competed for by all 10 districts of the central region of the country and the tournament was first launched in 2016 in Ntcheu district.
The current holders of the Netball Challenge are Area 30 based home girls, Blue Eagles Sisters.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA