Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) will today have an executive meeting in Mzuzu to mull over Sports Council’s demand for the reversal of the procedure used to recruit Peace Chawinga-Kalua and Mary Waya as Malawi Queens’ head coach and deputy respectively.
The council wrote a letter asking why the local netball governing body employed the two coaches through a voting system last week instead of putting up an advert for the jobs in the press, as per the standard recruitment procedures.
The council’s letter suggests that NAM should advertise the jobs, shortlist some candidates, scrutinise their CVs and make a final recruitment.
Surprisingly, Waya, who led the Queens to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in England and the Fast5 Netball Series in New Zealand, was recruited through a voting system.
However, NAM president Rosy Chinunda said yesterday they are ready to make amendments, but this will be determined after their executive meeting today.
“This is not a big issue; we will sort it out. As an executive committee, we will meet tomorrow (Friday) and that is where we will make a determination on our next step,” she said.
NAM is racing against time to have the coaches in place as the Queens are expected to get reorganised immediately after the national finals of the Airtel Money Championship in Mzuzu this weekend in preparation for the Diamond Challenge in South Africa and the Africa Netball Championships in Namibia this June.
The national netball team will also take part in the World Netball Cup scheduled for later this year in Australia.
Before the Sports Council’s query on the coaches’ recruitment procedure, Chawinga-Kalua had already accepted the offer while Waya was yet to confirm her commitment to the job.
But both Waya and Chawinga-Kalua yesterday demanded ample time to comment on what the council has said about there ‘recruitment’.