Tigresses Netball club has expressed deep concern after the team has again been exempted from the Blantyre and District Netball League (BDNL) fixture slated for this weekend.
BDNL officials have been exempting Tigresses from the fixture for three weeks now since the game involving the team and the league’s defending champions, Kukoma Diamonds, was abandoned.
The development followed Tigresses insistence to feature goalkeeper Laureen Ngwira who was recently playing for English top league side, Northumbria.
According to BDNL officials, the eligibility of Ngwira to play for the Tigresses needs to be scrutinized as her clearance has issues to be looked into.
But coach for Tigresses, Peace Chawinga Kaluwa, wondered why the team is being exempted saying Ngwira is eligible to play for the club.
Ngwira said: “We are surprised as to why we are being exempted from playing because Ngwira belongs to us and she has a contract with us because the team has never cleared her to any club therefore baring her from playing is against section 37 of NAM constitution.”
Kaluwa further said team’s break from the league fixture will negatively affect its performance in the league as they will have many games to catch-up with the fellow league teams who are already ahead.
“Some of our colleagues in the league are already four games ahead of us a development which will pile pressure on us to catch up.
“On top of that we are currently just conducting training sessions without knowing when we are going to play matches which is a waste of resources as the club is paying for the training court, player’s allowances and transport,” she said.
Recently Blantyre and Districts Netball League disciplinary committee chairperson, Chimwemwe Bakali, told the media that Tigresses are exempted from the fixture because the team has issues about Ngwira’s eligibility.