First Lady becomes Queens patron

Written by  Patrick Lunda

First Lady Madame Getrude Mutharika has accepted to become Malawi national netball team patron.

Mademe Mutharika (2nd left) welcomes Mwai Kumwenda as Minister of Sports Grace Chiumia (2nd right) and Airtel official Edith Tsirizani look on Mademe Mutharika (2nd left) welcomes Mwai Kumwenda as Minister of Sports Grace Chiumia (2nd right) and Airtel official Edith Tsirizani look on
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The development comes after she led a cross section of netball enthusiasts in welcoming the Queens back from the 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney, Australia where they came in 6th place.


Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) president Rosy Chinunda disclosed that the netball governing body had written the First Lady four months earlier to consider becoming the patron of netball.

 

“We wrote a letter through the Minister of Sports and Culture requesting her to officially become patron of the Queens. We have been told that now she is our patron. She has accepted our offer,” she said.


Chinunda added that the First Lady has since promised to help NAM in their efforts to take the sport to greater heights.


“She has promised to work with us by trying to assist us in one way or the other,” she said.


Following the acceptance, NAM has indicated it will push for the state of the art indoor court which was promised by previous governments.

“We need an indoor court facility because we don’t have one,” Chinunda said.


The Queens was accorded a heroes’ welcome at Kamuzu International Airport marked by pomp and fun-fair as Madame Mutharika led the nation in applauding the players.


Malawi finished 6th after failing to replicate their preliminary group win over arch-rivals South Africa in the 5th place play-off.


The team gave New Zealand a scare in the group qualifying round before losing 57-49 after a dog-fight in the first three quarters.


They came agonizingly close to making history in a marginal 63-62 loss over Jamaica to miss out on a semi-final berth.

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