BLANTYRE (Malawi NewsNow) — As the national senior netball team is currently in camp in preparation for the 2015 Netball World Cup, head coach Peace Chawinga-Kalua has refused to make pledges for a shift in its current position.
Malawi has been on position 5 on the world rankings for almost three years.
According to Kalua, it is a mockery for the nation to expect good results when the whole approach is wrong.
“To break into top four you need strategy, you need even to prepare. You can see how our fellow countries prepared, they started preparing for the tournament some years back while for us we only train for two weeks and expect to work miracles,” she said.
Kalua further said that there is need for stakeholders to always show seriousness whenever there are such tournaments.
She however, pointed out that her statement does not reflect that the team won’t do well during the international showpiece.
“I am not saying that we are not going to do anything, we will do our level best to achieve something, however, am trying to give a picture that success comes with good strategy and preparations,” said Kalua
Sixteen teams will contest in this year’s tournament.
The home nation automatically qualified, along the five highest-ranked teams from the 2011 World Netball Championships.
The top ranked teams are New Zealand, England, Jamaica, Malawi and South Africa
The remaining ten teams were determined in regional qualifying tournaments, with two teams selected from each of the five international netball regions namely Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
From Europe the teams include Scotland and Wales, while from the Oceania there is Samoa and Fiji; America there is Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados while Singapore and Sri Lanka made it from Asia as Uganda and Zambia will be the other nation representing Africa.
In Pool C, Malawi was grouped alongside South Africa, Singapore and Sri Lanka
In their opening match, the Malawi Queens will play against their continental archrivals South Africa on 7 August.