Malawi’s number one netball star, Mwayi Kumwenda has been barred from taking part in this year’s Go-TV netball Championship which is underway in Mzuzu City.
Mwayi wanted to play for Kukoma Diamonds but other teams refused to go on with the competition claiming that she is not eligible to play since the player window transfer period is closed.
Kukoma Diamonds players refused to play Mzuzu based Lameck Queen after they were told that Mwayi could not feature since is she is ineligible.
After a few minutes of disagreements, the umpire blew the whistle declaring Lameck Queens the winners with 100 baskets to 0.
Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) general secretary Carol Bapu, clarified that netball rules say that teams that refuses to enter the court without valid reasons will forfeit points
. However, Multichoice Malawi Marketing Manager Chimwemwe Nyirenda expressed happiness that the tournament has been launched.
“I am happy that the competition has been launched here in Mzuzu and it’s our hope that it will develop netball here in Malawi,” said Nyirenda.
Saturday games results are as follows:
Lameck Queens 100-0 Kukoma Diamonds
Civonets 28-44 Kukoma Diamonds L
ameck Queens 25-38 Thunder Queens
Tigresses 73-19 Mimosa Queens .
Malawi24 understands that article 37.1 of NAM constitution bars teams from signing players outside the transfer season.
“The netball season in Malawi shall commence in April and close in December same year. The Off season period shall be from January to March every year.”
“The off season shall also be the main player transfer window period. The mid-season player transfer period shall be from 1st-14th August of the same year,” reads the article.
Mwayi Kumwenda who plays in New Zealand is in the country for holiday and has been loaned to Kukoma Diamonds to maintain fitness.