Karonga United justify home friendlies
Karonga United Coach, Christopher Nyambose, has justified his team’s decision to continue playing friendlies at Karonga Stadium, saying he wants his charges to get used to the pitch.
Former Flames star, Hellings Mwakasungula, last week advised Karonga to start playing away so as to build confidence of the team’s new players.
But Nyambose, in reaction, said the players are not used to Karonga Stadium, which opened its doors late last year.
“One needs to clean his house before going out. It would be shameful to see our players failing to perform well at home because they are not familiar with their ground.
“When we are sure that we are used to the stadium, we will start playing away. Otherwise, we do not want to lose points at home when the TNM Super League season starts,” Nyambose said.
The former Mzuzu Escom coach said he was confident that they were on the right track in building the team.
Karonga Chairperson, Alufeyo Chipanga Banda, concurred with the coach, adding that they have plans to play away in Mzuzu, Dwangwa, Lilongwe and Blantyre against other Super League teams.
On Saturday, Karonga beat Mzuni FC 2-1 before defeating Tanzania’s New Fighters 3-2 on Sunday.
Two weeks ago, Karonga lost 0-1 to Nyasa Big Bullets.
Griffin Saenda begins Queens’ revival
Malawi national netball team Coach, Griffin Saenda Senior, has admitted that he faces a tall order in his quest to rebuild the Queens after a disastrous year.
The Queens started training at Blantyre Youth Centre Tuesday in readiness for Commonwealth Games set for April 5 to 16 in Australia.
Before the Games, the Queens will feature in a Quad Series, dubbed Taini Jamison, in Auckland, New Zealand, at the end of this month.
Saenda said it was not easy for the Queens to return to winning ways, following their dismal performance in 2017 at Fast5 Netball World Series in Australia and three test matches against England.
During that spell, the Queens suffered 10 consecutive defeats, including nine in competitive matches.
“The task is huge but we can revive our fortunes if we are united and determined. On my own, I am nothing but the support of everyone, including players, members of the technical panel, the association, supporters and entire nation will inspire us to reclaim our status,” he said.
Saenda said they would concentrate on endurance in the opening week before working on tactics and game-plans.
Saenda missed last year’s events on health grounds but Netball Association of Malawi recalled him following his recovery.
The Queens are ranked number six in the world and second in Africa. Until a few years ago, the Queens were ranked fifth in the world and number one in Africa, but lack of investment in the sport has seen Malawi being overtaken in netball development by teams such as South Africa.