As part of preparation of the forthcoming 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games slated for July 28th to July 8, the Netball Association of Malawi, Nam are set to host the Confederation of Southern Africa Netball Association (Cosana) Tri-nations tournament at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences Sports Complex, Blantyre.
The tri-nations tourney is slated for this weekend, June 12 and 16.
Zimbabwe, Namibia, Queens will face each other in the tournament as the Government of Malawi has, three days ago pumped in K11 Million into the competition. The competition will also see Under-19 teams for the respective nations taking part.
Netball Association of Malawi Vice President, Chimwemwe Bakali confirmed the development.
He heaped kudos to the government for the support.
He said, “We are grateful to the government through Sports Council for the support.
“We (Nam) championed this tournament to enable the Queens to use it in readiness for the Commonwealth Games. We are busy working on the ground to ensure Queens prepare thoroughly for the matches.”
Bakali Added that the invited teams, Zimbabwe and Namibia who are expected to arrive in the country on Friday, will cover their own travel and accommodation.
“The K11 Million that the Government has injected in is for us to use for camping.
“Let me emphasise that the games will be played indoors and the Netball lovers will have to pay at the door to watch the games,” said Bakali.
Bakali said the tournament will be handed by the World Netball certified umpires.
“Umpires from Lesotho, Botswana and South Africa will come to ensure a free and fair tournament as the results will be used for ranking purposes. As the hosts, we will provide logistics including transportation and accommodation for the umpires.”
Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa, Head Coach for the Queens said the tournament will help Nalawu improve their rankings as well as giving players more game time ahead of the biggest tournament, Commonwealth Games.
The Queens have just completed two-week xamp training in Blantyre with a K15 Million support from their Official Sponsors, FDH Bank plc.