Mwawi Kumwenda, who is on a five-month break, has revealed she will not play for Escom Sisters in the ongoing OG Issa Southern Region Netball League (SRNL).
Mwawi plays for Peninsula Waves in Australiaâ€™s Victorian Netball League (VNL) where she is contracted to Peninsula Waves.
During a similar break last year, the 22-year-old shooter helped Escom Sisters win the local league and the Presidential Netball Championship.
Upon her arrival in Malawi on Wednesday, Mwawi made it into the 12-player squad travelling to South Africa for the Netball Diamond Challenge starting on August 15.
She said she has decided to stay away from the local game following advice from her fitness trainer that she must rest until January.
â€œMy trainer advised me to avoid being actively involved in local netball matches during my holiday. I will only play international or some selected local cup games,â€ said Mwawi.
She said she has also taken a back seat to give chance to her fellow netballers at Escom.
In the OG Issa League, Escom Sisters are second to Bingu Tigresses on goal aggregate.
Escom Sisters coach Griffin â€˜Zagaloâ€™ Saenda was elusive when asked if Mwawiâ€™s decision is not a big blow to his team which is seeking to regain its lost glory by defending the league title after finishing third in the Presidential Championship.
Saenda, who is also the national team coach, said: â€œAs Escom Sisters, we do not want to argue with some people on Mwawiâ€™s issue. So I will not say anything about her. In fact, I am busy with the national team at the moment.â€