Malawi Queens head coach Griffin Zagaro Sayenda has pleaded with the government and other institutions to bankroll the team’s training camp ahead of the 2019 Netball World Cup.
He made the plea as the Malawi National Netball Team is yet to start their preparations for the netball biggest competition which will be held in Liverpool, England from 12–21 July.
Sayenda said: “Right now we are far much behind with the preparations but we are assured that government will provide us with the funds sooner as you can see time is not on our side.”
He however said if the funds are made available sooner, the technical panel will try their best to work hard in order to compensate for the lost period.
On beefing up the squad, Sayenda confirmed his plans to include new players in the team after the start of preparations.
On whether the Queens’ star, Mwawi Kumwenda, who has been on injury break for some time now, will be available, Sayenda said he is yet to communicate to her and once it is done he will notify the nation.
The Queens’ arch rival South Africa, has already intensified preparations.
South Africa was in Liverpool, England in January where they participated in a quad series tournament with other top teams like Australia, England and New Zealand.
The Queens qualified automatically for the 2019 Liverpool Netball World Cup following an improvement on their International Netball Federation (INF) rankings released on July 1, 2018.